Pool & Pool House for C Family+-

Project : Pool & Pool House for C Family

Location : Amagansett, New York

Firm : George Ranalli Architect

associates: Robert Silman Structural Engineer

photographer: Carla Breeze Photography


In 1991, clients had collected an intriguing and beautiful contemporary art and sculpture for a  vacation home – an urban retreat to a woody seaside village, but found the out-of-doors did not hold up to the artistry of Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo.  In the interest of balance the scales, the clients commissioned a landscape architecture project for a pool and pool house pavilion.


George Ranalli Architect filled a precipitous slope at the back of the house to establish a two-and-a-half acre terrace amidst mature woodlands and ruffs of wild flowers. There, a durable mahogany fence, stained spindrift white, and detailed in watery green copper, defined a stone patio resembling the inside of a seashell.  Water elements include a low circular soaking tub; a gentle lisp of water flowing from its edge, striking a note of languor. The adjacent swimming pool design accommodates relaxing on wide “cocktail” steps, to swimming at varying depths, a lap lane, and diving; the interior of which is rimmed in an iridescent arrangement of blue, green and gold Italian mosaic glass tiles.


The wooden pavilion building includes a multi-purpose interior space and private bathroom. The exterior of the structure extends outward to frame a large shaded patio. Delicate copper-clad domes rising above the roofline, filter natural light, echoing the shoreline.