Architect: Lake l Flato
General Contractor: The Construction Zone
Pool Subcontractor: Dan Goss
Pool Design: Tonnesen, Inc.
We just finished this Desert Mountain project in 2009. The idea was to walk through cold shallows to plunge into hot water. I had drawn up several ideas before we settled on this concept.
Note the rectangular skimmer cover on the lower left of the deck. It’s rectangular, made of close-mesh, steel, bar grating and fits the scoring in the concrete deck.
And check out the fence in the distance, right at the edge of the golf course. Usually eye litter, this pool barrier is one of the least obnoxious options out there. It is 1½ inch round steel tube set at five inches on center without top or bottom rail. Pool barriers must be a minimum of five feet tall. It’s neither painted nor galvanized; as it rusts it blends into the landscape even better, both secure and practically invisible.
The exterior cladding is 3/8 inch hot rolled steel plate held a 1/4 inch away from the tile. The gap isn't caulked so it acts as a continuous overflow wier inside the cladding. The key to this kind of wall section is to shoot against formwork that is dead-on to start with.
It’s amazing to me that every Construction Zone job superintendent has a degree in architecture. Patrick Mayer's attention to detail and precision showed up all over the site.
The trick to this type of job is to make it appear as if the pool was miraculously plopped down on site without disturbing so much as a twig or scorpion. The truth is, the natural landscape does
get disturbed and the challenge is putting it all back in place, as if nothing ever happened.