Free Float: A Pool House With a Cantilever
Free Float” is a modest but visually powerful pool cabana in Sands Point, New York, that employs a dramatic cantilevered canopy to meet the homeowner’s requests for the project. The owners — a family of four — originally set out to build a traditional cabana in the style of their house, but discovered that the restrictions of the neo-traditional aesthetic was preventing it from meeting their goals. They hired The UP Studio to create a modern design that would achieve the unobstructed views and flexibility they desired.
The cabana’s contemporary design allows unobstructed views to the Long Island Sound and the rest of three-acre estate. The cantilevered, column-free canopy enables the flexibility to accommodate many configurations of outdoor furniture in its shade. The building houses a full-service bar on the exterior; a bath, changing room, and storage room on the interior; and an outdoor shower hidden from view.
The composition of dramatic black Belden brick and dark painted steel contrasts a delicate wood trellis and lush landscaping that creeps up into a green wall facing the pool — a mélange of carefully calibrated textures. Outdoor furniture picks up the muted dark tones of the building and lighter wood stain of the trellis.
On the interior, white-washed wallboards align with the exterior brick pattern and, along with a stone-wrapped walnut vanity, creates a simple, clean interior aesthetic. The travertine tile floor continues from indoor to outdoor and surrounds the pool.
The UP Studio designed the pool house with views to the Long Island Sound. Photo: Harriet Andronikides
A delicate wood trellis contrasts the dark painted steel and living green wall. Photo: Harriet Andronikides
Lighting creates a dramatic evening setting for entertaining. Photo: Harriet Andronikides
The entrance to the changing room and adjacent outdoor shower are hidden from view of the pool and house. Photo: Harriet Andronikides
Inside, the changing room and bathroom feature a custom-design walnut and stone-wrapped vanity. Photo: Harriet Andronikides