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Cantilevered Pool an Alpine Dream – Hotel Hubertus Pool

Hotel Hubertus -massive cantilevered Sky Pool is a jewel of the Alps

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Cantilevered Pool Design - The Hubertus Pool is the jewel of the Alps

Today we’re looking at the incredible cantilevered pool located at the Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – a magnificent resort nestled in the Puster valley in the Alps. The picturesque locale is known as a world destination for hiking, skiing, biking and mountain climbing. Located in Valdaora, at the base of the Kronplatz at an altitude of about 4,400 feet, the hotel offers sweeping views of the Dolomites and the Vedrette di Ries Mountains.

At Pool Magazine we look to highlight inspiring projects that are pushing the boundaries of design and engineering. The cantilevered infinity pool at the Hotel Hubertus is one shining example that has been captivating the imagination of people around the globe.

Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps.
Hotel Hubertus is known for its magnificent infinity pool that offers panoramic views of the Alps. Photo Credit: Booking.com

The designers behind this breathtaking luxury pool design is none other than noa* network of architecture. The award-winning firm with offices in Germany and Italy has been drawing mass attention with its glass-bottom floating pool design.

Swimmers tell of experiencing an illusion that they are swimming in space. Photo Credit: Hotels.com

Approximately 82 feet long and 16 feet wide, the pool was designed to look like a floating rock coming to rest and was built from anthracite-colored stone. Its cleverly concealed edges create the visual impression the pool is floating in space.

Hubertus Hotel Pool
Hubertus Hotel Pool – Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus – Sorafurcia BZ, Italy

The architects took on the challenge of designing the pool as part of an overall renovation project. The pool connects the hotel’s new and existing areas, which include 16 enlarged new suites, a new kitchen and restaurant, an alternative entrance lobby, a wine cellar, and a brand new fitness and leisure room with panoramic terraces.

Guests enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas while relaxing in the cantilevered pool.

From inside the hotel looking out at the pool area, the water appears to float into space. With a glazed window on the bottom of the pool, swimmers can This sophisticated effect gives one the impression they are floating in an alpine lake suspended somewhere between Heaven and Earth.

The key challenge in the project was to create a link between the existing building and the new design, in order to keep a uniformal and consistent appearance.

ANDREAS PROFANTER – *noa – network of architecture
Massive supports hold up the 82 foot long cantilevered pool which has ignited social media. Photo Credit: Casalgrande Padana

Rising 40 feet from the ground sits the jewel in the crown of the Hubertus, the massive cantilevered pool. Supported by massive native larch tree trunk facades, the aesthetics create a homogeneous appearance following the natural topography of the area.

Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool
Cantilever Pool Design for Hubertus Pool – Photo Credit: *noa – network of architecture

Suspended pools such as the Hubertus Pools have been capturing the public’s imagination as of late. Photos of this incredible cantilevered pool structure began circulating on social media as far back as 2017. Over five years later, the interest in this uniquely engineered pool still has builders talking.

Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus

Address: Via Furcia, 5, 39030 Sorafurcia BZ, Italy
Phone: +39 0474 592104

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Editor in Chief of Pool Magazine - Joe Trusty is also CEO of PoolMarketing.com, the leading digital agency for the pool industry. An internet entrepreneur, software developer, author, and marketing professional with a long history in the pool industry. Joe oversees the writing and creative staff at Pool Magazine. To contact Joe Trusty email info@poolmagazine.com or call (916) 467-9118 during normal business hours. For submissions, please send your message to submissions@poolmagazine.com

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The Swimming Pool From It’s a Wonderful Life

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The famous pool scene from It's a Wonderful Life

Recently while watching It’s a Wonderful Life, I noticed the swimming pool scene where George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and Mary Hatch (Donna Reed) are at the school dance. It’s a defining scene where a retractable basketball court opens up to reveal a hidden swimming pool beneath it. As George & Mary are dancing they don’t notice the floor begin to open. The cheering crowds spur them on even further, as they think everyone is cheering their dancing they fail to see they are dancing right over the edge and plunge into the pool.

The Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

Many of the other people at the dance dive right on in and an impromptu pool party ensues. It’s a touching scene in a must see movie that should be at the top of everyones holiday movie list. Many people believe that the swimming pool wasn’t real. Frank Capra the director of the film had the entire set of the town of Bedford Falls created on an 89 acre back lot at RKO Pictures in Culver City.

The set was actually inspired from the real life town of Seneca Falls in New York. Film buffs suggested that the pool itself was also a prop. As it turns out, according to Snopes.com who did the fact checking for us, the pool has been identified and is real. It’s known as the Swim Gym and is a Beverly Hills landmark. The pool was built by the WPA historical pool contractors in their own right, and designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1939.

Historical Land Mark Swimming Pool Has Been in Many Movies

The retractable pool belongs to Beverly Hills High School and was actually used in the filming of the movie. What’s even more interesting is that the pool is still around today! The pool itself is 25 yards long and is still used in swimming competitions. With the turn of a key the inground swimming pool the retractable pool cover converts back to a basketball court / dance floor.

Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed falling into the pool in It's a Wonderful Life
Swimming Pool Scene from It’s a Wonderful Life

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In Dallas For The PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square

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In town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit Thanks-Giving Square Park

We’re in Dallas for the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo. It’s still a few days until the show actually starts, but there is so much to do in the city that you might just want to come a day or two early so that you can get the full experience. A stroll through the downtown area is a must if you’ll be in town for the Expo this week. After all, this is a city steeped in rich architecture. As frequent visitors, it would be remiss of us to visit without highlighting one of the best water features in the city – Thanks-giving Square.

In town for the Pool & Spa Expo? Visit Thanks-giving Square – Photo Credit: Thanksgiving.org

In Town for the PSP Deck Expo? Visit The Incredible Water Feature at Thanks-Giving Square

The scenic and soothing water features are the centerpiece of the park and are definitely one of those iconic tourist attractions you really need to see for yourself. Located less than a mile from the actual Convention Center at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, it’s a definite must-see for anyone visiting the city. A serene and tranquil oasis in the center of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas downtown area, Thanks-giving Square is a place for meditation and reflection.

An enormous chatterfall water feature helps drown out the noise and commotion of daily city life.

The soothing sounds of moving water permeate the square, drowning out the noise of daily life in the 9th largest city in the United States. First planned in 1964 after the Kennedy assassination and completed in 1976, this beautiful spiritual center has brought together people of different faiths, cultures, and traditions for over 45 years.

The Great Fountain provides a place to reflect and meditate in the center of the city.

The Great Fountain’s flowing waters provide a tranquil ambiance ideal for reflection and contemplation. Visitors from all over the world, remark on the exceptionally planned public space.

The bell tower, which is supplemented by a nearby mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Golden Rule” picture, punctuates the space to the west.

Mosaic tile artwork by Norman Rockwell symbolizes unity and our spiritual connection as people.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the park is the chapel which features a curving white edifice symbolizing the spiral of life and the human spirit. Visitors remark at the exceptional beauty of The “Glory Window,” a beautiful stained glass masterwork, located on the upper level.

The beautiful chapel features 73 panels of hand-crafted stained glass. Photo Credit – Marianne Trusty

VISITOR HOURS

Garden: Open every day 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Chapel of Thanks-Giving: Open every day: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hall of Thanks-Giving: Open for special events or by appointment only

Address: 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

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Don’t Just Build a Pool, Create an Experience

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Don't Just Build a Pool, Create an Experience - Diffazur Piscines - Pool Builders

Your backyard is more than just a yard. Especially over the last year and-a-half, as people looked for ways to enhance their homes as they quarantined, the backyard is now an important extension of the home. The outdoor environment you create should be a reflection of your personality, your preferences, and your priorities.

But how do you ensure you get the environment you want? If you’re adding a pool to your yard, your first step should be to find a credentialed pool designer.

“The homeowner should do their homework before they hire a designer,” advises Feras Irikat, Director of Design & Marketing for Lunada Bay Tile and GENESIS® faculty member. “I’m a fan of clients interviewing several people prior to picking the one. This is going to be a kind of relationship, so you have to have that connection. Take your time to meet them and feel like they are really understanding what you want.” 

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Van Kirk & Sons Pools & Spas

Kate Wiseman, MLA, Principal Landscape Designer for Sage Outdoor Designs and GENESIS® faculty member, agrees. “I’m in the camp of designers who believe that there is no such thing as good design, there’s only good design for a specific person.” Wiseman teaches a GENESIS® course called “Mind Reading Your Clients” that teaches pool designers how to get the information they need from their clients in order to create a pool the clients will love.

“As the designer, I need to understand how they are going to use the space, how many people do we need to get into this space, is it being used by small children or not, do they care more about looks or functionality. It’s on and on and on,” she explains.

Irikat also likes to ask big-picture questions when meeting clients for the first time. “What is this going to contribute to your life? What is it going to add? What kind of value do you want to get out of this environment or this space?”

And he does mean the entire outdoor space—not just what you want from your pool, but from everything else you’ll be doing around the pool, whether that’s hosting friends and family or cooking or relaxing. 

Bringing in a pool designer can make all the difference when creating your ideal outdoor living experience. - Cosgrove Custom Pools
Cosgrove Custom Pools Inc.

Once the functionality part is determined, it’s time to discuss aesthetics. Wiseman and Irikat both ask clients to find pictures of things they think are beautiful, or that they have an emotional connection to. “You can give me a picture of a kitchen if you love that kitchen,” Wiseman jokes. “An initial client mistake is that they show the designer scope-of-work elements, like a waterfall. No, no, you can just tell me you want a waterfall. I need to see five things you think are gorgeous.”

“I always ask them to pull pictures of something they connect with visually,” Irikat says. “A lot of times, they connect with something and they start describing the feeling that they have: this makes me happy, this makes me relaxed, this makes me feel like I’m in a sanctuary. All these emotions are an important part of the design process.”

This may seem like a big-time commitment before any groundbreaking even takes place, but Wiseman assures you that it will be well worth it. “The time investment on the part of the client early pays back in tenfold during the project,” she explains. “Just give me those couple of hours to really get to know you and what you need and then I can roll with it. You’ll end up with something that is surprisingly personalized and you’ll love it.”

Building a Pool? Let this design by Claffey Pools provide you with some inspiration.
Claffey Pools

“Good design has to deliver on the experience as a whole,” says Irikat. “You’re not in the pool 24/7, but you can be outside that pool looking at that pool. If you create the proper space to really take in that visual of the pool, you appreciate it so much more and you’re going to love it a lot more.” 

“Especially for the luxury buyers, I’m always startled at how much someone is willing to pay for the construction of the pool and how hesitant they are to pay for the design,” Wiseman says. “It is such a small percentage of the overall budget to have a designer involved. And the payoff is huge. Having a designer involved does not automatically mean it’s going to be more money or more than you wanted to spend. It just means that they’re going to take all of your ideas and make them better.”

To find a credentialed pool designer, Wiseman and Irikat recommend visiting the GENESIS® website, genesis.phta.org, and looking at the list of Certified Expert Pool Builders and Certified Master Pool Builders. 

These are professionals who have earned third-party certifications after completing coursework in construction, design, and engineering, including Irikat’s “Color Theory and Its Application” course.

Certified individuals have a strong foundation and understanding of design principles that can take clients’ pools from satisfactory to a masterpiece.

“You can get a pool without a designer,” says Wiseman, “but you can’t get an exceptional pool without a designer.”

Irikat emphasizes, “You can’t get an experience without a designer.”

Genesis is a company of the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance

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