An large Italianate estate sits on a hillside in a Montpelier, VA equestrian farm, surrounded on all sides by rolling pasture and long views. Inspired by their travels to the Maldives Islands and to the Turks and Caicos, the family has commissioned the design of a modern subterranean natatorium connected to the existing lower level of the house, and completely buried into the south facing hillside. The all cast-in-place concrete structure will support a roof top lawn, 50' long linear skylight, and terraced landscape. The lower level indoor space, clad entirely in basalt tiles, will look out into a south facing "sunken garden" landscape.

The design aims to unite elements of earth, sky, and water in the service of spa and retreat.

Landscape Architect: Gregg Bleam ASLA, Charlottesville

Pool Engineering: Blue Square Consulting, East Hampton NY

Structural Engineer: Louisa Engineering

Design 2017 - 2018

Construction 2019 - 2020