Grand Lake Pool House

Grand Lake o' the Cherokees, Oklahoma. 2015

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  • Completion: 2015

The Grand Lake Poolhouse Project comprises a pair of lakeside pavilions containing a pool and spa in north-eastern Oklahoma, overlooking the Grand Lake of the Cherokees. An existing clearing in the tree-lined hill is cut into with a single-storey volume running parallel to the lake. A smaller volume is placed perpendicular to it, set slightly apart from its companion volume to capture a patio at the meeting point of the two axes. An ‘L-shaped’ roof plane connects all internal and external space, creating a consistent datum line that references the lake’s horizontality. To preserve views across the site and enhance swimmers' views from within, the longer glazed pavilion is embedded into the undulating landscape, while the smaller pavilion – containing massage and wash rooms – offers a counterpart to its more visually-open neighbour with its intimate proportions and protective charred timber cladding. Together, the two volumes read as a distinct but unified pair; a discreet addition to the broader landscape.


AIA Small Project Award 2018 AIA Residential Architectural Honor Award 2017

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Grand Lake Poolhouse wins AIA Small Project Award


Grand Lake Poolhouse wins AIA Small Project Award

Grand Lake Poolhouse has won an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Project Award. One of 11 projects from across the United States to be honoured this year, the Poolhouse – a pair of glazed and timber-clad pavilions containing a pool and spa – overlooks the Grand Lake o’The Cherokees in north eastern Oklahoma. Judges praised the ‘functional and beautiful’ project’s ‘crystal clear diagrammatic solution.’ The national Small Project Awards are open to all sizes of practice but recognise and promote excellence in small project design, raising public awareness of the value that architects bring to projects regardless of size and scope. Find out more about the awards and this year’s winners here.



AIA Oklahoma awards

AHMM has picked up five awards from the American Institute of Architects’ Oklahoma chapter. Given at the chapter’s annual conference last Friday (20 October), the AIA Oklahoma Design Awards recognised four AHMM projects in Oklahoma City and Grand Lake o’the Cherokees: the Commercial Architecture Honor Award was given to Bob Moore Campus, and the Residential Architectural Honor Award to Grand Lake Poolhouse. The Plow Building – AHMM’s home in Oklahoma City – was given an Adaptive Reuse Citation Award, while Jesus Saves won an Adaptive Reuse Citation Award and the People’s Choice Award.

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