Raised pools can be complicated and very finicky, but are very striking if done well. This client’s site had a raucous topography and even with a carefully chosen pool location terracing was required. While some would consider this an obstacle, it actually proved to be an opportunity for a very unique and beautiful design. The multi level terraced site combined with the modern and rectangular nature of the house lent itself to an architectural style pool with nested and interlocking square forms.
This also created an opportunity for a very dramatic and pleasing connection to the surrounding desert – the pool nestles into the downward slope of the site on one side, and then juts towards the city lights and valley of saguaros on the other. It is very easy to imagine relaxing in the spa with a drink in hand, watching the sunset spill across the landscape and the lights of downtown Tucson starting to flare into life – a past time the new owner no doubt will be taking advantage of!
The pool was designed to settle into the surrounding desert – the variegated colors of the paving stones in the pool deck meld with the soil and rock surrounding the home, while the raw grey color of the stuccoed retaining walls matches the style, material, and color of the home itself. The cool toned Blue Granite Pebble Sheen interior gives the water the same hue of a cloudless summer sky. Even the waterline tile ties to the site – their sandy color matches the sandy gravel spilling down the adjacent slope, giving the pool a “carved out of the earth” appearance on it’s lowest side.