harmonious integration

Harmonious Fashion within the Treetops


Despite its unique shape, this northern beaches pool integrates into its treetop environment in harmonious fashion

Avalon, on Sydney’s stunning and super-relaxed northern beaches, is home for this retired couple who love the outdoors and entertaining and wanted to be at one with their surroundings. Naturally, their wish was for their new pool to have minimal impact on its environment.

For their steep, sloping, sub-tropical site, they opted for a contemporary, triangular-shaped pool that integrates into its treetop environment in a harmonious nature. And the result, despite its challenges, is nothing short of incredible.

“The pool was in a landslip zone with poor access and required extensive engineering,” explains Nick McCarthy, owner of Urban Escape, a company that specialises in highly integrated pools that sit in a harmonious nature within the existing landscape. The out-of-the-ordinary shape also required unique construction techniques. “The triangle shape and 12m wet edge make this pool a spectacular example of workmanship and attention to detail,” says Nick.

Solar heating, rainwater harvesting and a sustainable construction approach to retain existing trees in the construction zone was also incorporated by the Urban Escape team.

In addition, the company not only built the swimming pool with its expansive wet edge, but also mended and extended the spotted gum deck. It’s now an amazing place to relax and admire that dazzling water view, beautiful at any time of the year.

At a glance

Pool built by: Urban Escape Landscaping & Pools

Size of pool: 12m x 4m

Heating: Solar

Cleaning: Paramount in-floor

Filtration: Astral Pool

Coping: Spotted gum

Tiles: Porcelain

Decking: Hardwood — spotted gum

Landscaping: Urban Escape Landscaping & Pools

Company profile


Urban Escape Landscaping & Pools

A: 48/28 Barcoo Street, Roseville NSW 2069

P: 0416 180 530

E: nick@urbanescape.com.au

W: urbanescape.com.au


Urban Escape began as a structural landscape company with a clear but simple vision of creating quality and stylish gardenscapes to suit its clients’ needs. Owner Nick McCarthy was soon inspired to become a licensed pool builder. The boutique company has now been an integral part of Sydney’s landscaping and pool industry for more than 22 years. Urban Escape offers an holistic approach to outdoor design, from consultation and design to council submissions, maintenance, landscaping construction as well as pool/spa construction, resulting in a seamless and stress-free process for clients. The company prides itself on its personalised service, limiting its clientele to Sydney metro-based clients, creating and renovating between 10 and 15 pools per year, and goes through a lengthy consultation process to achieve a comprehensive brief prior to design works. Urban Escape has been recognised for its quality workmanship and has received many awards, both local and national, for its pools and gardens. It is a member of LNA, AILDM and SPASA.