Poolside Manner: David Martin's LA Poolhouse

The concrete structure and glass cube anchor the lap pool, which extends over the edge of the gravel piazza.

The etched-glass panels enclosing the shower are framed in stainless steel, the same metal as the sink’s fittings.

For the pool house/studio and outdoor shower serving his Los Angeles home, AC Martin Partners principal David Martin chose zinc, concrete, and glass.

A stainless-steel scupper allows pool water to spill over into a concrete trough below.

The pool house doubles as a design studio, thanks to the large custom Douglas-fir table built by a local craftsman.

The 25-yard lap pool sits on 20-foot-deep caissons.

In the shower, lime stone is underfoot, laminated-glass skylights are overhead, and LEDs supplement natural light.

The Le Corbusier sofa, Eileen Gray chair and rug, and Roy Lichtenstein felt and vinyl on canvas lend a gallery quality to the studio.

Around the table are Christian Liaigre chairs and beside it is a Mariano Fortuny lamp.

The shower cube is 120 square feet.

With the main house beyond, the pool and out building are sited amid existing palm and eucalyptus trees.

The pool is heated so Martin and his wife, Mary Klaus Martin, can swim any time of day and year.

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