This is not a typical recreation room; this entertainment space includes a 4.5- x 9-m (15- x 30-ft) rectangular pool with a built-in 1.8- x 2.4-m (6- x 8-ft) rectangular spa designed and constructed by Oasis Pools Ltd., of Burlington, Ont.
Outdoor landscape designers/contractors, architects, and pool builders all play vital roles in creating today’s masterpieces. For these professionals the medium differs than that of a traditional artist, as the canvas comprises a yard full of grass and soil.
Technology continues to advance in the commercial and residential pool markets, as there are always new products, technologies, and design methods being introduced. This article will look at what is trending for 2017. Some of the design options and products that are discussed are not necessarily new to the industry, but thanks to new technologies and innovations, they continue to make an impression on clients who realize they need to have them in their aquatic facilities.
When the Irish painter Robert Barker first exhibited his enormous 137-m2 (1479-sf) panoramic painting of London in the late 18th century, he took Londoners entirely by surprise. His painting, which required a custom-built multi-level rotunda to be exhibited, showed viewers a completely new, stunningly immersive way to see and explore their city and landscape.
When designing and building natural ponds, contractors often hear their clients say, “I want it to be spectacular.” That said, while every contractor prides themselves in his/her ability to create something unique on every job that will exceed their client’s expectations, sometimes the scope of the project does not allow for much creativity. Therefore, when a project does materialize that gives a natural pond design/build firm the opportunity to let their creativity shine, the crew’s excitement and energy levels get much higher. This was the case for this particular project in Guelph, Ont.
The Olympic Aquatic Centre at Barra Olympic Park near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was designed to be a temporary facility so it could be repurposed to benefit other communities, is now an abandoned stadium.
Finding the right tech solutions to improve the outdoor design process—without adding to the workload—helps designers create spectacular customer experiences. In some cases, incorporating cutting-edge technology can often create new challenges, but at the same time solve others. From software intended to streamline the design process to social media apps marketed as the efficient way for businesses to connect with clients, there are now many tech- based options available for designers, builders, and contractors.