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    The Swimming Pool Bucket List 2

    At Albatross Pools, we've always believed that not all swimming pools are created equally. There are pools that are designed to serve the basic purpose of letting you cool off during those hot Melbourne summer days and then there are pools that are truly amazing to look at. Certain pools look less like something that you would find in the average backyard and more like art installations that would look right at home in a gallery somewhere. Here are a few more impressive pools that you should absolutely try to visit at some point during your life.

    Amangirl Pool
    Amangirl Pool

    The Arena Badeschiff Pool in Berlin, Germany

    This open-air pool certainly has a lot going for it, which will become immediately clear the moment you lay eyes on it for the first time. The Arena Badeschiff Pool offers truly breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the Oberbaum Bridge to the nearby tower in Berlin and everything else. What makes this pool so unique is the fact that it was installed inside an existing water basin, allowing you to feel like you're swimming in a river and yet putting you in a position to enjoy the comfortably heated water at the same time.

    The Berkley Hotel Pool in London, United Kingdom

    The Berkley Hotel Pool in the United Kingdom is notable for begin one of the most incredible rooftop pools on planet Earth. Somehow the surrounding area manages to be even more impressive than the pool itself, complete with lounge chairs and high definition television sets and even a full bar. If you want to live the life of luxury, the Berkley Hotel certainly has you covered - at least as far as your swimming pool options are concerned.

    The Amangiri Resort in Utah

    One of the things that makes this particular pool so notable is its location. It is actually a part of the Grand Canyon and is essentially an oasis located in the middle of the Utah desert. To say that this is a swimming pool that exudes both class and style is something of a dramatic understatement, as it also gives you breathtaking and incredible views of the surrounding landscape that will put you up close and personal with one of the most famous landmarks in the world.

    Whether you're looking for an inground pool that will let you cool off during the summer or you really want a pool that will make a grand statement to all of your visitors the moment they see it, Albatross Pools can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Feel free to use our Award Winning pool display centres for the inspiration that you need to create the pool that you've always seen in your dreams. If you're looking for a little help to get the process started, one of our staff members is happy to work with you and help you with the process of selecting the right pool, installation and everything in between. Just contact us today.

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    World’s Most Expensive Swimming Pools

    They are beyond anything that we could imagine. Pools enormous in size, displaying luxury at the extreme level and outrageous in concept and design. They’re the world’s most expensive pools. Let’s take a dream look at some of them.

    Neptune Pool
    Hearst Castle, San Simeon California

    City of Stars, Sharm El Sheikh - $5.5 billion

    Still under construction in Egypt, The City of Stars measures an impressive 21 acres, constructed by Crystal Lagoons. This astonishing pool is going to be filled and treated with sea water. To give you an example of its massive size, the pool is big enough to sail a yacht.

    Seagaia Ocean Dome, Miyazaki, Japan - $2 billion

    This is the world’s largest Polynesia themed indoor pool. It’s owned by the Sheraton group, and is three hundred meters in length and one hundred meters in width. It features an artificial wave pool, waterslide area, children’s pool and an artificial volcano.

    Hearst Castle, San Simeon California - $10 million

    This was owned by William Randolph Hearst, the great American newspaper
    magnate of the 1930’s. The castle features two magnificent pools; the outdoor Neptune pool and the Roman indoor pool. These two pools were created between 1924 and 1936, so the price tag in today’s figures would be enormous. The two pools resemble lavish Roman baths. Priceless marble and mosaic tiles were used in the construction and feature statues created by Italian master craftsmen.

    Nemo 33, Brussels, Belgium - $3 million

    It’s the deepest scuba diving indoor pool in the world. Located in Brussels, Nemo 33 has a maximum depth of 133 ft. It’s filled with 2,787,878 million litres of highly filtered, non chlorinated spring water and maintains a constant water temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. It took seven years to construct and has plenty of underwater tunnels and rooms to explore. If you’re a certified diver you can dive in the world’s deepest indoor pool by paying a nominal fee. The pool also offers diving classes to non divers.

    Kitchukov Family Pool Arizona - $1 million

    Regarded as the most luxurious pool in America, it took 5 months to complete. It’s surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and features a 15 ft. waterslide, a stunning waterfall grotto and many exquisite fountains. It has Screen Logic control which allows the family members to manage the pool’s Jacuzzi, lighting and temperature from any part of the world via the internet.

    Sarojin Resort, Phuket, Thailand - $1 million

    This is one of the most luxurious and probably the most expensive hotel pools in the world. It opened its doors in 2004 and had to undergo major renovation work after the devastating tsunami of 2005. The stunning infinity pool measures 269 square meters and provides amazing views of the Indian Ocean. There is a floating pavilion where you can opt for a relaxing and invigorating massage by trained masseurs.

    Nice to dream of such luxuries, but when you need reality, talk to the team at Albatross Pools. They can create pools to suit your budget and your own world of luxury. For pool design inspiration, browse the Pool Gallery >

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    Extraordinary Pools that are Definitely Out of the Ordinary

    It’s time to let your imagination run wild and dream of those pools that are really out of this world. To help you on your way, we’ve chosen a few that we think are just the ticket.

    Hanging Gardens Hotel Ubud
    Hanging Gardens Hotel Ubud

    Intercontinental Hong Kong

    The backdrop is the dramatic Hong Kong skyline. The hotel is brimming with luxury elements overlooking Victor Harbour. Three pools are set atop the third floor spa deck. They are all set at different temperatures – cold, warm and hot. Just like the three little bears, you get to choose the water that’s just right as you soak up the amazing view.

    San Anfonso Del Mar, Chile

    It’s the largest swimming pool in the world measuring 3,000 feet in length and has a deep end that descends 115 feet. The pool interior is lined with the same Aqualux PVC membrane used in all Albatross Pools. Sitting at the magnificent seaside hotel it took 5 years to build and cost $1.6 billion. It has an annual maintenance bill of $3.2 million and contains more than 66 million gallons of water. The pool keeps a constant flow of fresh seawater into the pool and old water back out to the sea, using a filtration system to desalinate the seawater before it goes into the pool and clean the pool water before it goes back to the ocean.

    Golden Nugget, Nevada Los Vegas

    It probably goes down as the scariest of pools because it gives you the feeling of swimming with sharks. The pool wraps around a massive tank of marine life that cost around $30 million to build and includes a three tiered water slide that runs through the centre of the tank. However, don’t panic as there’s sheer glass between you and the sharks. It really is an amazing pool, but you’re in Vegas and anything can be astounding.

    Rangali Island, the Maldives

    Positioned as if on the edge of the Indian Ocean, is this brilliant infinity pool. It belongs to the Conrad Maldives Resort and Spa and is designed to dissolve the edges of the pool and make you feel like you’re floating on the ocean itself.

    Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

    It’s here that swimmers get to make two amazing choices. You can overlook the valley from the swimming pool way up on high, or emerge yourself into the lower pool among the terraced gardens. Either way it’s an extraordinary swimming pool experience.

    Uhmaid Bhawan Palace Zodiac Pool

    When this stunning palace in northern India was finished in 1943, it was the largest residence in the world with 347 rooms. Later, part of the palace was commissioned into a lavish hotel. For those guests who are lucky enough to stay, they had access to the majestic Zodiac pool. The pool itself is situated deep beneath the palace and is covered in gold leaves with the twelve signs of the zodiac painted on the pool floor.

    It’s wonderful to dream big. Whether it’s on a grand scale or something more modest, it’s good to talk to the team at Albatross Pools. Because they know how to turn your vision into reality.

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    Take A Dip In The History Of Residential Pools

    The origins

    If you were to dive into the history of residential swimming pools, you would surely have to surface at their origins. Swimming pools are by no means a modern invention. Sure, we have added the modern conveniences of automated cleaning systems, pool covers and hi-tech filtration systems, but we didn’t invent the concept. That distinction goes to the peoples of Mohenjo-Daro, a settlement in what would be modern-day Pakistan. Their ‘Great Bath’ was constructed around 5000 years ago from tightly packed bricks, covered in gypsum plaster and sealed with a rudimentary tar. This twelve by seven metre pool is widely acknowledged as being the genesis of swimming pools but most archaeologists admit that it was probably used more for religious reasons, water being a symbol of purification and well-being, than for recreational swimming.

    For recreational purposes we have to leap forward to the time of the Greeks and Romans. As in today’s society, wealth brought with it innovation and a quest for a more luxurious lifestyle. Alongside the magnificent, opulent dwellings that were constructed in this time period, water features were omnipresent. Water played an important role in Roman culture and pools of all dimensions and depths were constructed around settlements. Water was seen as a place to bathe, socialize and conduct religious ceremonies. The Romans utilized the natural beauty of water to enhance their own personal properties by integrating them into the landscaping, much in the same way that we do today.

    The Greeks built palaestras, or gymnasiums, where they would emphasise the use of physical sports such as wrestling to promote well-being and for military training. Early swimming pools have been located adjacent to such buildings. The Greek philosopher, Plato, has been credited with enforcing swimming lessons on children as part of their learning studies as early as 400BC. But it was Roman wealth and the desire to exceed one another on the social scale that led to many modern innovations. The Romans were the first to construct mammoth open-air pools, such as the 900,000 square foot behemoth they construct in AD305. It was adorned with ornate marble pillars and statues and came complete with fires in the basement below to heat the water. That wasn’t the first heated pool mind you, that was credited to the wealthy Roman Lord Gaius Maecenas in the first century BC, a patron of the arts whose name is still used in many languages to express patronage. Many wealthy lords and Emperors had recreational pools that contained live fish. In fact one of the Latin words for ‘pool’ is ‘piscina’, meaning ‘fish’. As a side note, we at Albatross Pools do not recommend sharing your swimming pool with your favourite goldfish as we are sure it will void the filter warranty!

    The modern pool

    Here in Australia, water, and water-based activities are part of the very fabric of society. Since the status symbol of having a swimming pool at home flashed across the silver screen in Hollywood films such as ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’, many householders realised it was an achievable dream. Unforeseen circumstances led to a take-up of people building pools in their own backyards. Prior to the 60’s and 70’s, most Australians were content to swim at local waterholes, ocean baths or rivers. Water contamination, whether through sewage outlets at popular spots such as Bondi and Coogee, or river and waterhole contamination as a consequence of wheat farmers using superphosphates in rural areas, led people to develop a need for controlled water quality.

    Residential Swimming Pool
    Residential Swimming Pool

    Today Australia leads the way as a swimming pool builder, with 1.2 million private swimming pools in existence and an average of 30,000 new ones being constructed annually. That’s roughly one in four households owning a residential pool and the industry contributes 1.5 billion dollars annually to the economy. The USA as a comparison has a population of 270 million people and builds an average of 90,000 pools per year. As a great example of the cross-Tasman rivalry, New Zealand has laid claim to the highest per capita swimming pool ownership in the past with an astounding 200,000 pools with a population of 4 million!

    Although some complain about the complexities of owning a pool, there can be no denying their popularity. Most real estate agencies agree that a quality swimming pool will add ten per cent to the value of a house, and that with many houses taking on quasi-resort style landscaping, a swimming pool is a must-have focal point. Designs have swayed from the old-style kidney and lagoon shaped pools to modern, rectangular and geometric designs reminiscent of the Roman days. A case of history repeating.

    If you wish to pursue your dream residential swimming pool, why not contact Albatross pools today? We are happy to offer a free consultation or just swap ideas with regards to your pool project. With cutting edge design and manufacturing, landscaping ideas and automated filtration and cleaning systems, you can be diving into your own piece of family history before long.

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    Inspiration: Gunlom Plunge Pool, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia

    When searching for inspiration for your own pool project it is quite easy to roll from one suburban pool design idea to the next. Sometimes though, it can be to your benefit to broaden your horizons and take inspiration from the mother of all inspiration; Mother Nature. Let’s face it, many of man’s greatest designs have been inspired by nature and basing your pool design around some of the great natural pools of the world can only be a good thing.

    Nature’s Designs

    One of the great natural pools on the planet is the Gunlom Plunge Pool in Jabiru, Northern Territory. This hidden gem is located on Waterfall Creek in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Waterfall Creek is a major tributary of the Upper South Alligator River and is the only large tropical river system in the world to be entirely protected within a national park.

    Gunlom Plunge Pool
    Gunlom Plunge Pool

    The View

    Gunlom is a sight to behold, offering a magical combination of serene plunge pool and seasonal waterfall. Shady gums offer respite from the heat above the picnic areas. The view from the top of Gunlom is truly breathtaking, with many visitors describing it as ‘the ultimate infinity pool’. Sweeping vistas offer you the choice of three habitats of the southern hills and ridges of the park – stone country, woodland and riverine areas. If you are not inclined to make the short, but steep trek to the top of Gunlom you could always enjoy the leisurely stroll along the walking track to the main pool below the magnificent waterfall. The plunge pool is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing dip after walking in the heat and it also has the added bonus of being crocodile-free as they cannot climb that high! (Although to be on the safe side I’d recommend observing all posted signs and asking local rangers for advice.) Australian Traveller voted Gunlom’s pools within Australia’s Top 100 best views and Hooroo recently voted Gunlom as a finalist in the category of ‘Australia’s Top Secret Spots’.

    Gunlom Waterfall
    Gunlom Waterfall

    How Gunlom Plunge Pool can inspire your pool design

    Like any great natural design there are always elements of it that you can utilize in a domestic pool setting. Gunlom plunge pool is a perfect design if you have a tiered or sloping block. Imagine an upper level plunge pool accessible by a landscaped bush path where you can have a leisurely drink under the shade of palm trees. Here you can stare out over your property at the sculpted waterfall that gently splashes into the swimming lagoon below. The team at Albatross can help advise you on suitable landscaping to really bring the natural feel of a magical place like Gunlom to your home. Correct placement of natural stone and lush greenery will emphasise the isolated pool setting and make you a holiday escape metres from your home. If you are inspired to design a natural pool setting at your property, or just want to get some free advice, feel free to call the team here at Albatross Pools. Why not check out our previous blog posts on natural pool design inspiration such as Wufengchi Waterfall, Aruba’s Natural Pool, Malta’s Blue Lagoon and the Lava Pool in Madeira, Portugal. For ideas a little closer to home, check out our pool gallery!

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    Design Inspiration: Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Thirty seven kilometres outside of Austin, Texas, there’s a very unusual swimming hole. It is known as the Hamilton Pool Preserve, and both local people and tourists love to swim there during the sweltering days of the Texas summer. The Hamilton is a natural pool that was formed thousands of years ago when the rock and soil over an underground river collapsed. The side of the river tunnel now overhangs the swimming area, and the pool is as much as 50 metres below ground level. In fact, when there’s been rain, a waterfall forms over the edge of the rock and people swim behind it.

    Hamilton Pool Preserve Waterfall
    Hamilton Pool Preserve Waterfall

    Why the Hamilton Pool Preserve is so Special

    In Austin, the temperature is most often between 34°C and 36°C during the summer. As you can imagine, people there are always looking for somewhere to cool off, and the Hamilton Pool Preserve is the perfect place to spend a hot day. The water is cool and shaded, and both the pool and the surrounding area are places of stunning natural beauty. Water drips and streams over the high stone lip of the pool and lush, green trees climb up a hill on the opposite shore. The Hamiliton Pool in so popular that Travis County Parks, which maintains the site, limits the crowd to around 250 people, and there are line-ups every day at opening time. It can be very difficult to gain access.

    Waterfall overhang Hamilton Pool Preserve
    Waterfall overhang Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Swimming Pool Design Inspiration From the Hamilton Pool Preserve

    Of course, the waterfall that forms over the lip of the overhang after rainstorms is very beautiful, and that’s one idea that you could take from the Hamilton Pool Preserve: a waterfall from an overhang. However, let’s take it a step back, first. The feature that makes this beautiful natural pool so appealing is really its ability to stay cool in uncomfortably hot weather. It stays cool because the swimming area is depressed into the ground and surrounded and partially shaded by stone. Evaporative cooling also contributes; the waterfall and small streams of water that fall over the lip into the pool mean that water droplets are constantly evaporating into the air, and water absorbs heat when it evaporates.

    Inspiration Hamilton Pool Preserve
    Inspiration Hamilton Pool Preserve

    So, there are three things you could do to recreate the way the Hamilton Pool Preserve beats the summer heat:

    1. Place your pool at a low point on your property, with stairs or terraces leading down to it.
    2. Shade part of the pool with the cantilevered edge of a roof, a canopy or even a deck or walkway at a higher level.
    3. Design a fountain or waterfall into the pool; perhaps water could even flow into the pool from the overhang as it does at the Hamilton Pool.

    So, that’s it: use the earth, shade and splashing water to cool the pool and the area around it. Of course, you could do some landscaping with natural stone and greenery to capture some of the site’s natural beauty, too. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is really a great place to look for pool design inspiration, because it’s nice to look at and full of ideas for natural cooling.

    If you like these pool design ideas and you think that they might work well on your property, then give us a call. We’d love to help you work out the details and make it into a reality! For more natural pool design inspiration, please see our posts on the Wufengchi Waterfall, Aruba’s Natural Pool, Malta’s Blue Lagoon and the Lava Pool in Maderia, Portugal. Our pool gallery is a great source of inspiration, too.

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    Inspiration: Ik Kil Cenote

    These pictures are of the amazing Ik Kil Cenote, located in Eco-Arqueological Park in Chichen Itza, Mexico. In past blog posts, we’ve looked at other natural formations that provide great inspiration for pool design: Wufengchi Waterfall, Aruba’s Natural Pool and Malta’s Blue Lagoon. Wufengchi Waterfall and Aruba’s Natural Pool are all about flowing water and stone. Malta’s Blue lagoon is a large, semi-protected swimming area with turquoise water and only a few small sand beaches. The Ik Kil Cenote is something completely different. If you look at the photo of it, you might think that it’s some kind of fantasy landscape. Plant roots reach many metres downward to access the still, pure water in this below-ground pool.

    Pool Inspiration Ik Kil Cenote
    Pool Inspiration Ik Kil Cenote

    About Cenotes

    The Ik Kil Cenote may look like something that just has to be unique in the world, but in reality, it’s one of hundreds of cenotes in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This is an area where the only lakes are marshy and where fresh water for drinking and bathing is hard to find. That’s why the Mayans placed such importance on these natural, stone sinkholes. Many are below the water table, so they fill with cool, clean ground water and rainwater, and they’ve been sources of fresh water, places for recreation, and ritual sites for the locals for thousands of years.

    Cenotes are especially numerous around the edge of the Yucatán’s huge Chicxulub Crater, and the Ik Kil Cenote is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible.

    What Makes the Ik Kil Cenote So Special

    The Ik Kil Cenote is almost perfectly circular: 60 metres in diameter, with the surface of the water 26 metres below grade and the bottom of the pool almost 40 metres below the surface! As you can imagine, the pool is a cool place to swim in a very hot, dry climate. It’s got a curved stone staircase winding down for easy access, and it’s home to thousands of black catfish, too.

    Inspiration For Your Pool Design

    The Ik Kil Cenote is a fantastic source of pool design inspiration. Here are just a few ideas it conjures up:

    1. A below-ground pool: Like Mexico, Australia is often hot and dry. Placing a pool at the low point of a lot, or even in a depressed area, can help shade parts of it and keep the water cooler in the hottest months.
    2. A round, sunken pool: Imagine a curved stone staircase going down to a round pool that’s at a lower level. It’s a great way to protect the pool area, keep it private and protect it from the sun.
    3. A wall next to the pool: If the pool is at a low point, then it will probably have a retaining wall on at least one side. In fact, our award winning Lake Wendouree pool uses exactly this idea. Rather than being surrounded by a circular stone enclosure, it’s got a house along one edge and a property wall on the other — and the effect is striking. It gives the pool the same kind of shaded, protected feel as a cenote.
    4. A rope swing over the pool? We can’t finish talking about the Ik Kil Cenote without mentioning the long roots that dip into it, providing trees and plants on the ground far above with the water they need to thrive. Of course, this isn’t a feature that would work with anything but the most cutting-edge natural pool, but be honest. What did you think of when you saw those roots? I’ll bet you thought about climbing or swinging on them. Why not add a rope swing to the pool? It could be a great recreational feature. Just make sure that you consider safety in the design.
    Inspirational Pool Designs
    Inspirational Pool Designs

    A rope swing or climbing rope over a sunken, circular pool… it could be done! Why not do a little more research into cenotes and let your imagination go wild? Then, give us a call on 1300 136 316 and we’ll help make your dream pool into a reality.

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    Inspiration: Lava pool in Maderia, Portugal

    Maderia is an island off the coast of Portugal; yes, it’s where Maderia wine is made. It and the other islands in the area formed as a result of volcanic activity that ceased around 6000 years ago. The island of Maderia is popular with tourists. It features beautiful, jagged peaks of volcanic rock and thick forests; it’s a Mecca for hikers. With its 1000+ miles of aqueducts, all with adjacent footpaths, its forests and mountains are accessible to anyone who feels fit enough to tackle them.

    Lava Pool in Madeira Portugal
    Lava Pool in Madeira Portugal

    What’s the Lava Pool?

    The Lava Pool is a natural formation on the shore of the village of Porto Moniz. Unlike some of the other natural pools we’ve looked at for design inspiration, such as Wufengchi Waterfall and Aruba’s Natural Pool, the Lava Pool is not undeveloped. The locals have worked into the natural volcanic rock to make it safer, friendlier and more convenient for swimmers and sunbathers, and it’s popular with locals and tourists alike. Steps, paths and sunbathing platforms have been carved out of the rock and the edges of the drop-offs have been painted white for better visibility.

    This isn’t a hidden, 100% natural area. However, it’s still undeniably beautiful, and it’s easy to take direct inspiration from it. While the developers of the Lava Pool started with a natural formation and tamed it, you’ll be starting with a man-made pool and making it a little wilder.

    Porto Moniz
    Porto Moniz

    Design Ideas From Porto Moniz’s Lava Pool

    1. Levels and Steps

    The Lava Pool, viewed close up, looks almost like an Escher poster. There are flat spaces for sunbathing at many levels and they are linked by stairs, with a seawall at the back connecting everything. The sections of the pool that are shallow enough to walk in have been paved and equipped with underwater steps and platforms; volcanic rock is really hard on the feet! So, the general impression is one of steps and platforms both around the pool and inside the pool. This work has made the Lava Pool much more accessible, but it’s also beautiful in and of itself. To get a similar look and feel, consider using more than one level, both in the pool and along the edges.

    2. Curves and Slopes

    If you want to capture the natural look of the Lava Pool, then think about using broad curves and sloped platforms both inside and outside your pool. Inside the pool, adding levels will create depth and complexity. You can control the colour through your choice of pool liner, but varying the depth of the pool will create different tones, since deeper water always appears to be bluer and darker. On a practical note, putting platforms into the pool can create places for small children to play and for older kids and adults to sit and cool off.

    3. Natural Rock

    Of course, it’s the volcanic rock that really gives the Lava Pool its character - that and the white paint that’s used on the edges and sometimes all over the steps and platforms. There are at least two design ideas that you can take from that: using high contrast materials and yes, literally adding natural rock to your design. A real or natural-looking rock formation in the crook of a curve at the pool’s edge would be especially effective, visually, as would a volcanic rock wall, perhaps with a waterfall. A bright white pool deck would create contrast with darker landscaping elements like trees and volcanic rock. Volcanic rock or other dark-coloured stone could be used in pebble or tile form as a ground covering as well as in boulder form as an accent.

    Rockpool and Rocks Porto Moniz Madeira
    Rockpool and Rocks Porto Moniz Madeira

    Because it’s partly a product of human ingenuity itself, Porto Moniz’s Lava Pool really does offer a wealth of both direct and indirect inspiration for pool design. We’ve thought of a few ideas, but there are plenty more to draw from it. What ideas have we missed, and how would you apply the ones above to your specific pool and landscape design?

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    The Marina Bay Sands Pool: Cool!

    How would you like to own a pool that’s constructed from virtually the same materials as the “boat” pool atop the Marina Bay Sands, described by McLeans, a popular Canadian magazine, as The World's Most Incredible Hotel Pool? Work with Albatross, and you can.

    The Marina Bay Sands and the “Boat” Infinity Pool

    The Marina Bay Sands is a massive new luxury Hotel in Singapore, located on the waterfront. It features three split towers and a boat-shaped roof that spans between them, 55 stories up. The boat-roof contains a park, and the park contains an infinity pool that appears to merge with the city’s skyline at the edges. It is three times the length of an Olympic-sized pool and it’s the largest rooftop pool of its type in existence. It’s a truly stunning achievement, at the cutting edge of design and technology.

    Marina Bay Sands
    Marina Bay Sands

    When it opened in 2010, the Marina Bay Sands was the most expensive hotel in the world. In addition to its rooftop infinity pool, it has a lotus-shaped museum, one of the best malls in Asia, an indoor canal, a casino, a theatre and a crystal pavilion. It’s got more than 2,500 rooms, and it will cost you $500 to stay there for a single night. Only hotel guests get to use the rooftop infinity pool.

    Rooftop Infinity Pool
    Rooftop Infinity Pool

    Your house probably has between two and four bedrooms and you don’t pay any extra money at all to sleep there every night, yet you could have a steel-framed pool similar to the one on The Boat atop the Marina Bay Sands in your very own backyard.

    Why Steel Framing?

    The Marina Bay Sands is one of the best funded, best designed new buildings in the world today. Why did the design team choose a steel pool? The advantages a steel-framed pool are the same for the Marina Bay Sands as they are for our customers.

    Stainless Steel Framed Pool
    Steel Framed Pool

    A steel pool fits into any landscape or architectural plan; it can be virtually any shape or size. A steel-framed pool has lasting structural integrity. You’re probably thinking that an outdoor, rooftop pool on one of the world’s most expensive buildings has got to be top-of-the-line, and you’re right. It has the strength and flexibility needed to last for decades perched on top three swaying skyscrapers and exposed to the elements. A steel pool is quick to build and will fit into any construction schedule, even one that’s simply “ASAP.” Finally, a steel pool is environmentally friendly. It uses fewer materials than other types of pools and it lasts longer.

    Why an Aqualux Membrane?

    While the Marina Bay Sands uses a steel frame similar to ours, it uses a pool interior membrane that’s specially designed to suit its unique location and construction. However, the largest pool in the world was built with a pool material that’s very similar to our Aqualux PVC membrane. Yes, the Chile Crystal Lagoon at the San Alfonso del Mar resort features a type PVC membrane, just like our pools. The pool at the Crystal Lagoon is a kilometre long and covers 20 acres. It opened in 1987 and still looks almost new. Aqualux is a material that’s beautiful, practical and durable.

    Crystal Lagoon
    Crystal Lagoon

    Isn’t it great that you can buy the same type of pool that’s found on a much larger scale in the world’s most luxurious resorts? The quality of our steel-framed, Aqualux-lined pools is second to none.

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