This cozy outdoor oasis by Richmond, Australia-based Eckersley Garden Architecture proves that good things really do come in small packages. Ideal for an urban environment where space is at a premium, this compact modern pool design layers urban and organic elements for an eclectic, original look. The focal point in a turquoise-tiled oasis framed in white, and set within a natural wood deck. Tall, swaying grasses line the perimeter of the garden, rising up against a contemporary white wall. Cool, urban-style furnishings bring a modern contrast to the natural outdoors. The whole look is very Zen. Eckersley Garden Architecture embraces freedom and flexibility in its pool designs, working with mosaic tile, glass bead renders, solar and gas heating, saltwater chlorination, freshwater filtration, in a variety of sizes of landscape, lap and plunge pools. Eckersley Garden Architecture.
24 Dec 2009 | Pools
Did you ever feel you want to be one with the world, the sky, the water? How about a negative edge swimming pool to provide this feeling for you? The pool is part of an escape overlooking the mountains that received the ASLA 2008 Residential Design Honor Award. Every boundary is thrown away by the design of this pool. Large stepping stones seem to be floating right above it. A minimum amount of space was left in between the stones to see your moving image reflected in the water. The perfectly polished stones frame the pool from two opposite sides seeming to be the only ones holding the water into place. To admire the beautiful landscape, you can make one step further on one of the stones and get closer to the stillness of nature. Get the inside scoop of the entire project incorporating the negative edge swimming pool over at ASLA 2008.
Photo credit: Geraldine Bruneel
2 Feb 2009 | Pools
Presenting 5 Lap Pool Design Ideas by Out From The Blue. Located in Melbourne, Australia, Out From The Blue has designed and built some stunning lap pools based on the latest modern ideas. Lap Pools are becoming increasingly more popular as people are beginning to recognize the health benefits. Exercising in water is 11 times more resistant than air (so you’re challenging your muscles that much more), while any activities – aerobics, lengths, or stretches – is non-impact and better for joints and your whole body. Lap pools are generally modular in shape and smaller than regular swimming pools, as to encourage laps back-and-forth in the pool for exercise, but are completely customizable as you will see below. Designers are creating stunning lounge areas to complement the lap pools that they are a definite “wow” factor to any backyard. In this trend arcticle, we wanted to outline some of the most distinct features for each out of 5 pool designs. For more modern lap pool design ideas visit Out From The Blue.
Lap Pool Idea 1 - L-shaped wet edge
The Williams is an L-shaped, wet edge pool that was built into the layout of the house. There is a lounge area that invites you to dip your feet into the pool and gently welcomes you in for a swim. This is the bottom of the L-shape, so if someone is swimming lengths, you can still enjoy a dip and not interrupt their exercising. At the end top of the L-shape there are stairs allowing you to exit the pool two different ways. There is a sitting area at the top of the L-shape as well. Glass Bisazza 20mm mosaic tiles and glass Coulson white mosaic tiles line the interior completing the feel of luxury from the lounge area to the bottom of the pool. Spa Electrica Niche mounted lights encompass the outdoor pool area in a warm and intimate glow.
Lap Pool Idea 2 - automated concealed cover
The Koral is a long and skinny, funky and functional pool. The owners swim lengths everyday so water temperature was a top priority. A solar and gas heated cover was installed to ensure the water stayed at a certain temperature, while maintained the security of the pool itself as well. The cover is concealed under the raised deck at the end of the pool where the fountain is. Simply press a button and the cover opens or closes with no hassle, no cords. The fountain wall is feature in itself. Hidden behind it is the equipment for the pool as well as some water tanks that collect rain water from the roof, which is used for garden use. Benches for cooling down, drying off or parents watching children swim, surround the long and skinny pool.
Lap Pool Idea 3 - lap swimming in two lanes
The Moenhourt’s Smartsyd Cobalt Japanese tiles create a unique and exquisite feel to this design. To make it fit in with the existing landscape, a granite path leads to the pool area and ties in with the waterfall feature. The 15-meter pool is mainly for two lanes of laps, but the steps provide a sitting area if you just want to dip your feet and not disturb the lap swimmers. Planters line the edge of the pool adding some grace to this bold and beautiful idea. Spa Electrica Niche mounted lights also add a softening glow to the area, making poolside an elegant lounge area.
Lap Pool Idea 4 - exercise and entertain
The Courtyard Cool is family-friendly area where kids can play in the shallow areas while adults can take advantage of the deeper area for exercise with swim jets. The shape of the pool is unique in that it is a rectangular shape kitty-corner with a smaller square shape. The landscaped areas are very modern and clean cut with stones surrounding spiked plants accenting the deep, rich colors of the wooden fence. The deep blue colors on the feature wall create a punch of color while maintaining the contemporary feel.
Lap Pool Idea 5 - wet walls and wet decks
The Wet Walls and Wet Decks is a stunning feature in this backyard. As the pool walls are part of the house walls the luxury continues from the inside of the home all the way out. The red, glass Bisazza 20mm mosaic tiles add color and accent to this backyard and especially beside the neutral colors of the house. The deck is beautiful and unique in its design – you can climb out of the pool on the deck area where the water will drop back into the pool and then walk to the lounge area in the back corner of the yard. The deck gets rid of the eye-sore stairs that seem to have been the only option for years – until now.
24 Oct 2008 | Pools
Mobideep, seen on Contemporist, has just raised the bar in poolside entertaining with this stunningly exotic and unique approach to swimming areas. Can you imagine owning lakefront property but having no deck or patio to sit by, and the water isn’t the cleanest looking? Now with a Mobideep, you can create a sanitary and fantastic floating pool area and deck/patio space wherever there’s water. It raises some controversy – using water that is filled with chemicals when there is a lake or pond in the surroundings already – but there are eco-friendly ways around the cleaning solutions, and perhaps not all water areas are safe. This floating pool is so unique, that memories made from an anniversary or just an informal gathering among friends, would last forever. Now you can relax in your favourite places that are home to murky waters and creepy crawlies, and swim in a clean area. The floating stations come in all shapes and sizes and decks and pontoons are all customizable. They are easy to maintain and installed in one day, giving you the opportunity to appreciate immediately. Next time you’re thinking of an elegant evening party or a gathering to go down in history, remember Mobideep and its modern creations.
10 Sep 2008 | Pools
This opulent indoor pool by Creative Master Pools Inc. is an embodiment of Italian heritage. The black wrought iron railings, and natural stone face creates a Tuscan feeling. The cream stone flooring adds a lavish element to the already elegant atmosphere. Deep green palms and florals bring nature indoor, along with the free-flowing waterfalls adjacent to the built-in slide. This Italian-inspired pool expanse creates both a casual and a regal atmosphere. You can enjoy an afternoon of fun with the kids, or a romantic pool-side dinner in the late evening. Creative Master Pools Inc.
20 Jul 2008 | Pools