Indoor pools – Trend Lines/Custom Touches – designing and building indoor pools: examples

Indoor pools – Trend Lines/Custom Touches – designing and building indoor pools: examples – Brief Article

Shelley D. Hutchins

There’s more to creating an indoor pool than surrounding it with four walls and a ceiling. The pool has to be integrated into the style and flow of the home yet mustn’t overwhelm nearby spaces with chemical smells or condensing water. According to architect John Martin, “the major consideration in designing an indoor pool is humidity control because humidity can have a devastating effect on the house.”

Tacoman Bath

The owner wanted a pool for daily exercise, but he also wanted a place to entertain outdoors and enjoy a 180-degree view of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Architect Tyler Gazecki fashioned an indoor/outdoor space with a hanging window wall that slides into pockets to open the room. A dedicated furnace maintains room temperature at 82 degrees so that water evaporates before it can condense, and an air-to-air heat exchanger recaptures a majority of the dry heated air and returns it to the furnace, saving energy. There’s no chlorine smell because water is purified by a chemical-free hydrostatic purifier. Durability, low maintenance, and cost were important factors to Gazecki’s design. “Everything was off the shelf except the glass doors, so it was pretty inexpensive to build,” he says. “And since the client was my father, creating a dramatic space on a reasonable budget was essential.” Contractor: Knudsen Construction, Milton, Wash.; Architect: Tyler Gazecki, AIA, Tacoma, Wash.; Photographer: Northlight Photography. * Resources: Tile: Dal-Tile, Circle 490; Window wall: ConAir, Circle 491.

Tudor Plunge

Blending a fully automated indoor pool pavilion into an existing 109-year-old Tudor initially challenged project architect Brad Spiegel, but the style ended up solving dilemmas rather than creating them. “Adopting aspects of a Tudor great hall not only fit the existing context, but the Tudor truss motif solved the functional problem of supporting a roof above the 40-foot pool span without interior columns,” explains Spiegel. Carefully arranged doors and windows maintain classic Tudor patterns. Radiant heating and floor drains keep the pool deck warm and dry, while hydraulic pool and spa covers cut humidity. A dehumidifier recovers whatever water vapor does escape into the air. All pool controls, doors, and security cameras operate via remote control, and the doors can be opened with audible commands. Other luxury touches include a natural rock waterfall and an in-wall resistance swimming jet for exercise. Builder: LakeRidge Builders, Glenview, Ill.; Architect: Michael Hershenson Architects, Chicago; Pool: Downes Swimming Pool Company, Wheeling, Ill.; Photographer: John Frantz. * Resources: Dehumidifier: Dectron International, Circle 492; Doors and windows: Marvin, Circle 493; Skylights: Velux, Circle 494; Trusses: Dreaming Creek Timber Frame Homes, Circle 495.

Log Side

Like an Adirondack camp, this Falls Village, Conn., house is divided into separate “cabins” connected by enclosed walkways. The lap pool and spa share a cabin with the garage, kitchen, breakfast area, and exercise room, so humidity control was a high priority. Architect John Martin speced an intricate dehumidifying system to protect the exposed wood that is used throughout. “The system cost more than the pool, but it very effectively takes the humidity out of the air and uses the heat generated from the motor to warm the pool,” sums up Martin. Blue stone flooring complements the rugged appearance of white pine log walls and plank ceilings. Contractor/Architect: John Martin Associates Architects, Torrington, Conn.; Pool: Ashner Pools & Spas, Thomaston, Conn.; Photographer: Brian Vanden Brink. * Resources: Doors and windows: Weather Shield, Circle 496; Flooring: O&G Industries, Circle 497.

Brazilian Bravado

“This pool is strategically placed so that it integrates into the maritime view,” says architect Lu Razera. Suspended on a catwalk high above the living area, this lap pool seems to defy gravity while merging with views of Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Both the glass wall and ceiling open so the pool links the home’s interior to the sea. Square glass portals along the pool bottom allow swimmers to look below, and guests in the living room can look up to a liquid light show. A small wood deck caps one end of the pool and limestone floors and laminated glass railings complete the serene scene. Not to forget the technology behind the opulence, the removable glass ceiling, air and water temperature, and humidity levels are all controlled electronically. Builder/Engineer: Giacon Engineering, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Architect: Studio Arthur de Mattos Casas Arquitetura, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Photographer: Tuca Reines.

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