Adding flair and luxury to this impressive modernist home, this cliff-top pool takes advantage of an amazing view and unrivaled location
Situated on a sloping Mornington block, the clever design and positioning of the cliff-top pool maximises the views of Port Phillip Bay and enables the lucky homeowners to watch the twinkling city lights from their pool and spa.
“The house and pool were designed to look over the bay, down the valley and across the horizon to Melbourne city”, says Chris Jackson of Aquarius Pools. The clients were looking for a pool that was suitable for exercise and a spa that they could relax in during all seasons. They also wanted an alfresco area suitable for entertaining.
Complex engineering was required to suspend this negative edge pool within the north and east facing walls, where the pool wraps around house, providing a stunning water feature from the entrance, kitchen and living room. A two-way fireplace provides a unique visual through the flames to the stunning pool and spa from inside the home and also doubles as a visual feature enjoyed from the spa.
“The innovative indoor/outdoor fireplace provides a visual link between interior and exterior living and a relaxing atmosphere when sipping a drink in the spa during summer or winter”, says Chris. The fireplace is framed by beautiful stonework made from blue-moon stone and creates a dramatic backdrop to the pool.
Water and energy saving were important considerations in this project. Water tanks have been cleverly positioned under the pool floor to provide smart water conservation without taking away space or being an eyesore. Additionally, the pool features a Pentair Intelliflo variable-speed pump that provides significant power savings compared to traditional pumps. For ease of use, the pool is fitted with the latest technology including an Aqualink in-house controller which provides fingertip control of the pool from the kitchen and living area or through the owners’ iPad or iPhone from wherever they are — meaning they can turn the spa heating on from the golf course!
Another unique design element of this project is a striking succulent garden by Colin Hyett Design. “The client wanted a beautiful and simplistic garden to showcase the contemporary building. “The linked, circular garden beds incorporate a feature pond and a central sculpture”, Chris describes. “Stone steps link the pool, courtyard, garden and fire pit”. The plants used in this garden design include Aloe barbarae, Agave americana blue and golden barrels, which are hardy and bold architectural species suited to the windy coastal position.
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