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Revisiting Swimming Pool Trends on HGTV

revisiting swimming pool trends

revisiting swimming pool trends

For my monthly column on Style Sheet by HGTV Canada, I took a look at stunning, modern style swimming pools designed by architects. I would in heaven to get a pool like that in my backyard. Maybe one day, when we move to sunny California.

I also discussed the latest trends in pool equipments. There are a lot more options than in the past. It’s best to get informed before selecting which system would be best for you. I invite you to check my post on Style Sheet.


An Outdoor Entertaining Space Like in The Movies

dramatic views of the sunset plaza residence in los angeles

dramatic views of the sunset plaza residence in los angeles

This feels truly like Hollywood, on a good way. Imagine how easy it should be to throw a party with such dramatic views as your backdrop. Yes, I am in awe with that Sunset Plaza house designed by Assembledge.

upstairs terrace lounging area of the sunset plaza residence designed by assembledge

The pool area and the upstairs terrace were designed for someone who likes to host pool party. They are ideas to steal here if you are redesigning your backyard. I am particularly fond of the long benches. It is not hard to build something similar. You can always reduce the cost by opting for cheaper type of wood that you will paint.

sunset plaza residence swimming pool at night :: los angeles

I am sure that I saw the Sunset Plaza house used in a movie or a TV show. Do you recall which?

+ photos: Assembledge


Stunning Pool Design at Hotel Encanto

Hotel Encanto in Acapulco, Mexico :: pool at night

Hotel Encanto in Acapulco, Mexico :: pool at night

Wow! I am in awe with the pool area and the overall hotel design. I loved to stay there for a week of vacation. This is a night view of the pool area at Hotel Encanto, which is a new hotel in Acapulco, Mexico that was designed by Miguel Angel Aragones.

Hotel Encanto :: views of big pool and villa

The hotel’s 44 rooms and suites all have private terraces facing the ocean. They were designed based on a novel concept of total privacy. It could be an ideal intimate spot to host an upscale destination wedding.

+ photos: Hotel Encanto
+ via Contemporist


Natural Swimming Ponds

swimpond's chemical free swimming pond

Jesper Larsson listed the swimming pond as one of his 2009 Design Top 5 trends on MoCo Loco. Still, finding a local expert and vendor in Canada or the United States for these chemical free swimming pools may be hard.

You must be aware that a natural swimming pond requires slightly more maintenance in time than a regular swimming pools. If you are interested by a natural swimming pond, read first those articles: Continue Reading

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Universe Beach House by the Mexican Architect Tatiana Bilbao

universe beach house rooftoop swimming top designed by architect tatiana bilbao

I love this sight. I imagine hours of pleasures swimming on this rooftop pool in Mexico designed by Tatiano Bilbao. This beach house is unique. It is build to not disturb the coastal scenery. We can see that countries have different rules regarding safety since they are not railing.

universe beach house on a coast of Mexico :: design by tatiana bilbao

The floor plan is quite unique. This beach house designed for the artist Gabriel Orozco’s family is out of the ordinary. The house is organized around the concept of camping. Like a tent, you must exit each room to the exterior in order to get to another room, such as the toilet or kitchen.

Plus it is not the first time that Tatiano Bilbao plays with multilevel spaces and strategically block and uncover views along the way. We can see it in the exhibition pavilion for the 2006 Jinhua Architecture Park in China.

tatiana bilbao architecture work

Tatiano Bilbao has an impressive portfolio. Many of their buildings are innovative and very creative. They do residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Architecture Record did a nice interview with her.

+ Tatiano Bilbao
+ Via Top Design News
+ Thanks to my friend Gabrielle Chalifoux for tweeting me this fabulous summer home


Hip Infinity Pools from the UK edition of Elle decoration

modern style infinity pools :: next outdoor accessories :: la house of photographer steve shaw

The first picture shows that you do not need a lot of money to design a cool pool décor.

How To Reproduce That Look

The key to the top row pool décor is to create a cool mood through a clever use of lighting, cool flower pots and funky beach towels.

The summer night party pool features the Mesh Lounger from UK based retailer Next. In fact, the accessories used for this ad are all affordable. They all come from Next.

Decorative balls are popular in modern gardens. Next sells a set of 3 black polyterrazo balls. A 80cm high Black Garden Polyterrazzo Plinth/Planter complete this collection. Both must be stored indoors during the winter months.

The Single Lit Planter is cheaper alternative to the Bloom! Lighted Flower Pots. As far as I know, no US or Canadian distributors still carry the Bloom Pots. The Bloom! brand is still alive and productive. They launched new upscale products this year. Let’s review them in another post.

Vintage Modern Architecture

My style file for my dream house has a new addition. My dream is to live one day in a better climate all year long so I can enjoy the indoor / outdoor living. I am partial to interior where the indoor dining room walls fully open to the backyard.

This Los Angeles house belongs to renowned photographer Steve Shaw. The bachelor pad is influenced by the style of the sixties and the seventies. His house carries the James Bond’s vibe. That is why it feels cool.

Both pools came from the June 2008 issue of Elle Decoration – UK edition.

Buy online: Mesh Lounger – price: £20
Buy online: Single Lit Planter at Next– price: £40
Buy online: Black Polyterazzo Balls at Next – price: £35, set of 3 balls
Buy online: Black Garden Polyterrazzo Plinth/Planter – price: £45
Photo credits: LA modern house – pictures by Richard Powers for Elle Decoration UK edition – all rights reserved.


Modern Style Pools Fit For Entertaining

cool mdern style pools :: vanishing edge pools

I have a thing for square modern pools that are more on the Zen minimalist side. As you can see by looking at these pictures, you can create an elaborate pools with clean lines.

The first pool (1) is an ad from House of Lavande, the vintage jewelry shop. The pool is so hip! If you like fashion and jewelry, you must check their site.

The other pools are from the portfolio of two Canadian pool makers: Poolscape from Burlington, Ontario and Valley Pool & Spa from Kelowna, British Columbia.


The Altantic Edge (2) is the cliché vanishing edge pool done at the cottage. That pool features 12 foot tiled step and a natural style catch basin (viewable from the lake).

Orchard Beach (3) is a concrete pool with a tile interior. This pool has steps at three extremities. It shows that you can integrate a modern shape pool with a traditional house. Both styles get harmonized through the materials and finishes. This pool built in Oakville featured a Riverflow swim jet for swimming against the currents.

The raised desk is in fact the roof of the pool equipment bunker. I think it is a clever use of space. The raised pool wall creates an ideal spot for the two glass-walled waterfalls.

Valley Pool & Spa

This company built an impressive number of custom concrete pools. Many of their pools integrate one or many vanishing edges. Valley Pool & Spa used a cast-in-place-concrete process to create the pools of your dreams.

I do not dream of a huge pool. Picture # 5 represents the perfect size for me. I like the chic simplicity of that pool. But I prefer the glamour of pool # 4.

Features that are great for entertaining are in-pool bar stools (6), spas, and beach entrances. Placing the outdoor kitchen close to the pool (6) lets the cook mingle with the guests. Do not underestimate the power of lighting (4) to create a fabulous entertaining spot at night.

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more: Gallery Album of Poolscape
Learn more: Gallery of Concrete Pools by Valley Pool & Spa
Read more: Pool Design Trends for Summer 2008 [Guest Blogging on Style Sheet]


The World Largest Pool Is A Crystal Clear Seawater Lagoon

world largest pool by crystal lagoons corp at San Alfonso del Mar resort

If you travel to Chile’s southern coast, make sure to stop by the San Alfonso del Mar resort to swim in the biggest swimming pool according to the Guinness Book of Records.

At more than 1,000 yards long, this saltwater man-made lagoon covers 20 acres of land. It goes down 115 feet deep and holds 66 million gallons of water.

Canoeing, sail boating and scuba diving are amongst the several water activities available at this amazing swimming pool.

A Manmade Lagoon

The need to build a huge swimming pool next to the ocean comes from the fact that the seashore is not always hospitable for safe swimming. The water temperature may too cold; the tides may be too strong.

This pool is the mastermind of Fernando Fischmann, a biochemist and Chilean real estate developer. He imagined this pool back in 1997 when he planned San Alfonso del Mar resort. In a Reuters’ video, I learned that seashores in Chile are notorious dangerous due to rough tides and strong rift currents.

To make his dream possible, he needed a new way to build and maintain swimming pools. With his team, he developed a technology that reduces both the building and maintenance costs of mammoth swimming pools.

Recycling Seawater

Fresh seawater goes in at one end and a computer system pumps out water at the other end. The efficient filtration system is combined with products and components to treat the water more ecologically. In fact, the Crystal Lagoons’ recipe calls for100 times less treatment products than a traditional swimming pool.

Crystal Lagoons Corporation can build you any size of saltwater lagoons as long as you have access to a fresh body of seawater.

Thank to Carl Charest for writing a tweet about this masterpiece of technology. By the way, you can follow me on Twitter.

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more: San Alfonso del Mar resort
Via: Try making a splash in the world’s largest swimming pool… it’s 1,000 yards long [Daily Mail Online]


Guest Blogging about Pool Design Trends on | News Flash

pool design trends for 2008 :: guest blogging on style sheet blog

This time around, I wrote a quick guide about what is hot in swimming pools.

From the upscale water park theme pool to the chic vanishing edge swimming pools up to the affordable cedar above the ground pools, get a glimpse at the options available in Canada.

I will gather a collection of the most upscale recreation center pools and negative edge swimming pools I spot while writing the post for Style Sheet, the blog of Stay tuned; I should publish that board next week.

In the meantime, gather some ideas on how to make your backyard more fun this summer by reading my guest post.

Via: Pool Design Trends for Summer 2008 [Style Sheet]


Hip Nautical Color Palette


Cabanas are useful and charming. If I got a summer cottage, I would install a few so my guests can get change and put their stuff for the day. Having a cabana helps to keep your house clutter free while you are hosting a beach party.

I was charmed by the cabana next to the pool from the June 2008 of Canadian House and Home magazine. This cabana is available at Fresh Home and Garden in Toronto.

Typical white and navy nautical stripes are not my thing. I prefer the cool turquoise with earthy red shown here.

Thanks to Alex Newman and the Canadian House and Home styling team for presenting this beach house inspired by the Hamptons. The article is titled Water Colored in the magazine.

May18th, 2008 Update:
I just realized that the same color palette is used on the luxury hammock by Henri Hall Designs.

>>> Sourcing:
Photos credits: Virginia MacDonald for Canadian House and Home June 2008 issue, see pages 134-135 – rights reserved