If you’re dreaming of the ultimate statement in daring design, a glass-walled pool may be the answer. Pioneered at a handful of luxury hotels, glass walls are now within reach of discerning private owners.
Your first glimpse of a glass-walled pool can be breathtaking or even startling, because designs can place the viewer in unexpected vantage points, or completely blur the distinction between outdoors and indoors. For some of the most creative designs, there simply isn’t a parallel experience in everyday life; they interrupt our ordinary frames of reference and invite us into captivating new realities.
Some of these spectacular environments feature glass walls running the full length of the installation, while others use partial glass walls to reveal part of the pool interior. However they’re executed, they both draw us into the water as well as showcase a volume of water as a design object. We shouldn’t forget they can be enormous fun for both swimmers and observers.
Expanding Architectural Possibilities
Glass walls offer designers a remarkable range of possibilities to create focal points, create visual bridges between spaces, work with light, and bring out the vibrancy of water in the living environment.
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In larger settings, a full wall with a vanishing edge looks surreal, as though moving water has magically been given the ability to hold upright shapes with sharp angles. Designs like this can reveal the water’s bulk and power while also creating an almost irresistible invitation into its emerald depths. Water features based on the same concept are also possible. Replacing that block of marble with a glass cube and a cascading film of water turns an already beautiful feature into something far more alive and arresting.
For smaller settings or structures, glass-walled pools can create a remarkable sense of space and depth. They are superb conduits to bring in light from ordinary or even unattractive outdoor spaces.
Designers are also using glass pool walls as windows, allowing views of exterior vegetation and natural features to enter interior spaces and transform them into extensions of the outdoors.
Design and Construction Considerations
Owning an architectural statement as bold as a glass-walled pool means you’ll have to make an intellectual commitment to it. Visually, it will tend to be the focus of the setting it occupies, and there’s no point in trying to overcome or obscure this fact. Also, you and your guests need to be ready to be fully visible to others when in the water.
Glass-walled pools aren’t mainstream designs yet, so not all pool builders are qualified to handle design and construction. Some fairly serious engineering may be required to integrate this type of pool into an existing structure or landscape. Specialized, high-strength support structures are required to secure the glass walls. It pays to plan such a project with ample time to screen builders and allow for meticulous construction procedures.
Because they are unique and cutting-edge projects, glass-walled pools come with a higher price tag. However, as an investment in a unique lifestyle and compelling aesthetics, a glass-walled pool is difficult to surpass.