Infinity Pools in 15 Architecture Projects

There are few things that fascinate us more than the sea. Its contemplation arouses a sense of peace, while its colors, textures, movements and amplitude provide a scientifically proven effect of relaxation in our nervous system. Above all, it makes us realize how small we are in the universe. It is not by chance that a house facing the sea is a dream of consumption for many, let alone with a pool right in front of it. Infinity pools play with this feeling of infinite sea and sky. Through a well-elaborated set of levels and plans, they create an optical illusion that leaves everyone speechless, making pool water appear as if merged with the horizon, overflowing at one or more edges. But before you plan your photo on Instagram with a glass of sparkling wine in your hand, let's take a look at how these pools are built.

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An infinity pool has one or more walls that exactly match its water level. Thus, they are always overflowing and the water falls into a reservoir, which lies just below the trailing edge, and is pumped back into the pool. It is important that this lower plane is not visible, hence the sensation of the water flowing naturally to the horizon. The sections below provide a better understanding of this process. The slight bevel at the edge, seen in the second detail, amplifies the visual effect, making the pool edge become a subtle line, dematerializing the landscape.

In addition to the constructive solution, coatings and even the structure can bring completely different aspects to the design. See below for some infinity pools previously published on ArchDaily.

Chameleon Villa / Word of Mouth House

© Daniel Koh

The Tent / a21 studio

© a21 studio

I Resort / a21 studio

© Hiroyuki Oki

Aurelia - House Under a Pool / SHROFFLEoN

© Photographix

M Residence / F:Poles Arquitetura

© Fabiana Santa

Fasano Las Piedras Hotel / Isay Weinfeld

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Rooms / Ando Corporation

© Kimikazu Tomizawa

Dilido House / SAOTA

© Adam Letch

Residência Manuel / Estudio Rocamora Diseño & Arquiectura

© Cabrera Photo

Casa Escarpas / Mutabile Arquitetura

© Carlos Dias

Residência N / F:Poles Arquitetura

© Rui Antunes

"La Perla" do Mediterrâneo / Carlos Gilardi

© Antonio López Espada

Bar no Resort Naman / Vo Trong Nghia Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki

Casa em Costa Brava / Garcés - De Seta - Bonet

© Àdria Goula

Residência Aspvik / Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter

© Åke Eson Lindman

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    Cite: Souza, Eduardo. "Infinity Pools in 15 Architecture Projects" [Como projetar uma piscina de borda infinita?] 14 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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