Infinity Pool Inspiration – The World’s Best 26th October 2015
If you are considering the plans for your unique swimming pool then make sure you check out some of these infinity pool designs to help you make up your mind.
Many of the world’s most luxurious haunts have opted for infinity pools in recent years, they are classic, comfortable and staggeringly beautiful. They also compliment the landscape around the pool fantastically so are a perfect option for people and places with views to show off.
Here are some of the most beautiful:
The Cambrian Hotel Adelboden, Switzerland
Sitting in an outdoor pool in the Alps may not be an obvious choice for many but this pool will entice even the most reluctant of outdoor swimmers. Surrounded by snowy topped peaks, the infinity pool coolly runs into the icy landscape.
Jade mountain, St Lucia
Up in the mountains but overlooking the sea, this pool makes the mountains and sea blend into one when you are in it.
Hotel Villa Mahal, Turkey
Simple and elegant, everything an infinity pool should be. A sharp edged square jutting out into the vastness of the Mediterranean, sitting in this pool is must for anyone wanting to gain a sense of perspective.
Caesar Augustus Hotel, Italy
Well positioned for people chasing luxury, this infinity pool simply and effortlessly enhances its elegant surroundings, both natural and classical. Placed on the coast line you can take in the sea mists and watch the islands rise out of them, if you get up early enough.
Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
This multi-tiered infinity pool curves out into the jungle surroundings around it, in one of the most staggering uses of an infinity pool in the world. Take a look here.
The Globe: Claywork 2nd June 2014
Each continent began its life as a single, smoothed, sheet of clay. An outline of each continent was marked on the surface of the gypsum plaster and then clay was laid across it to form one huge sheet. Throughout production, longitude and latitude lines have been used as reference – the only consistent and accurate means to transfer information reliably from former to globe.
Once smooth, the wet clay surface needed to be marked out with the outline of each continent before adding the detail within – valleys, rivers, mountain ranges, deserts, forests, lakes – all in three dimension, modelled to the surface. Each significant geographic and topographic feature appearing in the finished work.
A team of people were required to complete the work – over 400 square metres in total. Logistics, planning, team work and supervision were all important. Here you see the landmass of Australia begin to take shape, team members working on the mountain ranges up the east side of the country, with the northern tip of Queensland visible, top right.
The sheet of clay had to be cut in to tile shapes to, in effect, create one of the world’s largest jigsaw puzzles. In this project all cutting was to take into account the ‘lie-of-the-land’, the strata – there needed to be a character and a rhythm to the cutting that would reflect the contours of the earth. On completion there will be over 33,000 pieces to this jigsaw, each and every one numbered and logged.
Firing to 1240℃ ensures full vitrification of the clay and with this comes strength and longevity. The rigours of the Arabian climate will have no effect on these ceramics – the colours are permanent, the tiles inert and the adhesive tried and tested!
The Globe: building the forma 1st May 2014
Work has begun on building the forma for a more unusual project that we are embarking on – and that is to clad a 25m high sphere that will become a news agency headquarters in Saudi Arabia. The tiles will be made on this forma so they fit the curvature of the building.
The forma has to be a perfect replica of the curvature of the building – to ensure the handmade ceramics
fit the building perfectly.
Once the claywork has been fired, the forma will be dismantled and rebuilt to accommodate shrinkage – a common behaviour of clay.
Before clay is fired, it is very pliable and contains a great deal of water. As it dries and the water evaporates the clay particles contract causing the tiles to shrink by about 10%.
The fired tiles will need to be laid out and modelled around the slightly smaller version of the forma before the next stage of the ceramic process can begin– the application of colour.
The Globe: a step away from our traditional pool designs… 14th October 2013
We are excited to be part of a more unusual development this year that’s being constructed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a national news agency headquarters.
- Artist’s impression of the finished building
One part of the Saudi Press Agency’s new building will contain a 26 metre high, globe shaped auditorium with capacity for more than 420 people.
This huge ball, the formas for which have been engineered in Austria, will be decorated with 420m² of especially made curved ceramics to make it look like the world or ‘The Globe’.
The Globe takes shape on site
There are challenges to consider in both the manufacture and installation with an industrial sized project like this – curvatures for shrinkage, wet size to dry, simple measurements for locating and sizing the work – not to mention the work required to install tiles to a surface that is, in effect, upside down or ‘inverted’.
As part of our initial stages of research a simple inflatable globe was used as a marker of scale (conveniently we found one perfectly scaled to reference to the actual globe).
The next step in the process will be to make a wooden replica or ‘forma’ upon which the clay can be modelled.
Careful calculations allow us to build a wooden replica of the curvature of the building.