Pond in La Vila de Trincheria, La Vall de Bianya
RCR Arquitectes 

Pond in La Vila de Trincheria, La Vall de Bianya

RCR Arquitectes 

The project stems from the desire to build a swimming pool in a markedly rural context, on a site where different types of traditional structures – a farm, granaries and a mill – stand side by side.

The specific characteristics of the place end up transforming the swimming pool into a pond whose form and edges establish clear boundaries with the topography of the terrain and with the memory of the region. Steel was the material chosen for the edges of the intervention, whereas the interior of the pool is made of white gravel concrete, with metallic insertions that recall the form of the water lilies that spontaneously grow in ponds.

The pond thus designed makes reference to the streams where horses drink from and to the stone walls of the existing terraces. The idea is to transform the character of a conventional swimming pool and make it resemble the ponds that serve as water tanks for irrigation and water troughs. The slope is gentle, with very little depth, forming a sort of ‘beach’ of access thought for play, not so much for sports or swimming.During winter it is not just a pool with no use but appears, at any time of the year, as a rural pond.

Cliente Client

Joaquim de Trincheria, Anna Domingo

Arquitectos Architects

RCR: Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, Ramón Vilalta

Colaboradores Collaborators

D. Dammasch (proyecto, maquetas project, models); P. Llimona (dirección de obra construction site supervision); S. Marques (visualización digital images)

Contratista Contractor

Pere Costa Sacrest

Fotos Photos

H. Suzuki