Sunset Pools and Spas

Chicago's Willis Tower's Skydeck is infamous for the Ledge, a glass box that extends out about 4 feet from the building's 103rd floor.

Visitors to the Ledge—or at least those who have the guts—have the opportunity to walk out onto it and hover more than 1,300 feet above ground with nothing but glass between their feet and the air.

Now imagine what it would be like to have a similar experience, only in a swimming pool.

Although not quite as high off the ground as Chicago's Ledge, Houston's sky pool in Market Square Tower is also giving visitors a thrill with it's 42-story-high glass sky pool. Another small difference: The pool was built for residents, not for tourists. 

More about the Houston-based sky pool can be found here in an article from Time, but according to the report, the pool "has a glass platform that extends 10 feet out from the main pool enclosure, allowing it to look (and feel) like you're literally walking on air above the street 500 feet below."

This isn't the first residential sky pool to draw media attention in recent years. London is also set to open a residential glass-bottom pool that will float between two buildings, in 2019.

Swimming pools like these continue to make headlines across the globe. I've said it once before, and I'll say it again: These types of swimming pool designs truly demonstrate how the sky is literally the limit when dreaming up the ultimate poolscape.

Lapping in Luxury: A One-of-a-Kind Indoor Pool

A new concept for an indoor swimming pool will literally leave a future homeowner lapping in luxury.

The concept: a swimming pool that takes up the entire second floor of a three-story house. The owner: well, that is still to be determined.

According to a November article published in Forbes, there is a $2 million price tag attached to building such a house, which has been named Villa Clessidra. At the time the article was written, it didn’t appear there was a particular investor attached to the project designed by a Netherlands-based architect—the original client who had been interested in building a “groundbreaking residence,” backed out, the article said.

“With the swimming pool strategically placed at the center of the house, where part of it could be seen through a transparent zone, the house feels very much like a human aquarium when anyone swims in it,” the article said. The pool will even be visible through the floor of the master bedroom, providing a view from above.

It’s always fun to highlight elite projects such as this, because they demonstrate how—within reason, budget and the rules of physics—designing your dream pool does not have to come with boundaries. Sometimes a little imagination and the right design team can do the trick.


A Sideways Swimming Pool

Swimming pools can come in all shapes and sizes, and can even serve different purposes.

Some are designed specifically for lap swimming and exercise, some for relaxation, and others, as a space for entertaining family and friends.

However, in the case of a new swimming pool —or at least a sculpture that looks like one—going up this spring in New York City, the pool may only invite a sense of inspiration instead of a place to swim.

Scheduled to make its public debut in April, the sculpture, called Van Gogh’s Ear, will take the form of a pool turned on its side, as if someone were lifting it up and trying to tip it over to spill out all the water.

According to a press release shared by the Public Art Fund in New York, NY, the pool will feature a “cyan blue interior, adorned with a polished stainless steel ladder, bright lights, and a diving board,” and will be on display at the “Fifth Avenue entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center.”

In the press release, artists Elmgreen & Dragset also stated the following: “The sculpture recalls the 1950s-style pools found in front of some Californian private homes, in contrast to this very public East coast urban setting. It is as if an alien spaceship had landed in the midst of this prominent and busy environment. One can dream of lazy days under the sun while surrounded by all the traffic and business going on at Rockefeller Plaza.”

The sculpture is currently scheduled to be on display through early June. Although its tenure in New York City will be short, the sideways pool display demonstrates how homeowners can find inspiration for their pools anywhere—even in a piece of artwork.