As with most sensations in architecture and design, history has shown that humans look first to nature for cues and inspiration. For example, the growing feats in skyscraper engineering drew ideas from the deep, complex system of roots that trees use to secure their structure further into the ground, as their trunk and weight bearing capacity increases over time. The same system applies to the plunge pool, which is naturally occurring depression at the base of a waterfall. For those who are unfamiliar with this geological affair, it is caused by the erosion from the constant fall of water hitting the rocks below. Nowadays, this term is more commonly related to leisure and recreation, for use to cool oneself down in warm, humid climates or alternatively to shock your body and muscles after a session in the sauna.
Nevertheless, another growing problem with pools and hot tubs is that each individual prefers a different temperature to the next. This issue has cleverly been solved by the London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC), which has envisaged the design of not one, but two plunge pools. One is cold, perfect for cooling off after a hot day or work out session, the other is warm, designed for muscle repair and general relaxation. So, let's delve a little deeper, and get to know this wonderful duo a little better.
The first, and most notable point of difference in this pool design is the fact that such a modern style is attached to, and blends seamlessly with, a Victorian style villa. Often it is difficult to create a synergy between two contrasting designs, but here this has been achieved to great effect. The existing house was completely remodelled by the architect, who enlisted the help of LSPC to design and engineer this harmonious leisure-driven facility.
From this scene, we take in the luscious green gardens and perfectly mowed lawn that encase the rear of the villa. As you can see, there is quite a large difference in design styles here, and even from this angle, the contrast between the beige coloured stone and the brown brick of the house is visible. Given that the design concept is largely Mediterranean, it is fitting that a set of columns were installed to create the veranda of the pavilion. Everyday, the occupants of this home are allowed to transport themselves to and from reality. Inside their home, they are reminded of modern London life, where as outside, it is possible to imagine they are at beach house on the Mediterranean shore.
This double design is actually far more complicated than appearances would have you believe. The varying temperatures required LSPC to put together two different plant rooms. One is featured to the rear in the new classical pavilion, the other is located downstairs, next to a subterranean gym and spa that is located underneath this view. The hot pool contains eight massage jets, one of which is designed specifically to target the shoulders, neck and back. There is also a circular mat on the floor to massage and relieve your feet after a busy day. As for the cold pool, you are gingerly led downstairs via the steps, allowing the occupants to wade in and out from a standing position.
This complex, yet visually stunning design has created the very best of both worlds for the users. Thanks to LSPC, the occupants of this home can enjoy their water therapy all year round—in the blistering heat of summer, and even during the chill of the cooler months. This is a great way to ensure that a pool area is used all year round, and not just for three months of the year, as with conventional models. It is also an excellent spot to entertain family and friends, and will be sure to have them green with envy!
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