This Pool Is As Solid As a Rock

This Pool Is As Solid As a Rock

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swimming pool built in the rocks

You could say this pool has produced tranquility between a rock and a hard place.

Built on a landscaped platform 131 ft (40 m) above the road below, it was designed to compliment an eight storey private dwelling in one of the world’s most sought after avenues.
a pool built in the rocksWhile the house offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic seaboard, the private pool has become a centerpiece of the property following the renovation of the existing pool.
The original pool site was established at the end of the garden, offering views of the platinum mile. This provided the designers with the opportunity to reflect the natural rock formation of the mountain behind it and create a cascading water feature flowing over natural granite boulders 20 ft (6 m) above the pool.
“We wanted to create a sanctuary of peace and tranquility,” says the designer/builder “To create the desired effect, a key challenge was to work with the tones of granite and natural boulders and keep the surround natural. The pool was constructed using gunite, and we applied a charcoal marble plaster finish to make sure it would compliment its natural environment.”
rocks cross over the poolThe pool is roughly 50 ft x 15 ft (15 m x 4.5 m) in size and it has a unique shape which fans at the widest point to create a substantial swimming area. Copings have been tiered and stepped so they are level with the swimming pool and create an illusion of floating slabs surrounding the pool.
This pool is as solid as a rock and is a cut above the rest.

 

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Janek is a talented professional photographer and designer who has had more than 45 printed books published, and has contributed to many more. Born in the United Kingdom, he has lived in South Africa for most of his life, and has a wealth of experience that spans a wide range of different media types and styles. He quit a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry to follow his heart, working first for daily newspapers, and then on magazines, photographing everything from wildlife to exclusive elegant homes, pools and gardens. Self employed since the 1980s, he launched his first give away advertising-powered publication, Home Care, which had a circulation of 100,000 copies and was distributed free in metropolitan areas. He was co-publisher of a national swimming pool publication for eight years where he gained a wealth of knowledge about pools and spas, which he can now pass on to the visitors to poolsprofessor.com. Into the 21st century, Janek’s focus has changed, and today he builds websites, including several of his own and is co-owner of Pools Professor.

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