R.A.R.E – It is RARE that I love a pool in a garden. Design is never more important (I think) than when you decide you want to put in a pool. With out a good design, installing a pool will generally involve you calling a garden designer, after the damage has been done, to try and make that big ugly watery splat that you plonked down in your yard “softer”, “more integrated”, “blended” or “more natural”. Believe me, it is so common – plop the pool in, then realize that it doesn’t look right – call someone to help you fix it. But if done right, like this project, something beautiful, functional and actually extraordinary can happen.
The truth is, unless you consider the whole project from the start – and don’t call the pool guy first – you are probably never really going to have that pulled together purposeful well designed space.
I am not sure another project could illustrate this point more effectively than this one. This pool and this garden are so excellently designed, I guarantee you it wasn’t the brainchild of the pool vendor. (I cheat – I happen to know it was designed by Architect Padraic Cassidy).
My favorite detail is the raised pool. What a great idea for dealing with elevation differences. The rise gives you such a wonderful opportunity to use pretty green tiles. And that shade of green (sort of chart ruse with a warmth to it) never ceases to please me – especially in the garden.
What do you like about this garden?
Found Via Dwell photos by David Allee
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