Celebrating the Swimming Pool - An Australian icon at the Venice Biennale

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The humble swimming pool takes its place at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. 

We were thrilled to see that The Pool, an exhibition that explores the history of the swimming pool and its role in Australian society, has been chosen to represent Australia in the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Especially inspiring was this quote, from the creators of the entry. 

‘Our landscape is made of both pools of necessity and pools of excess. Pools are an element of sport and survival, leisure and lifeblood, social spaces and places of quiet contemplation.’ 

Inspired by this celebration of an iconic part of the Australian lifestyle, we thought we’d share with you some of Phase 3’s design guidelines on how to create a swimming pool of perfect proportions.

Know your space

While north or east positioning ensures maximum sunlight, the size and shape of your space also plays a big part in designing a swimming pool that works for you. Bigger isn’t always better – it’s important to have a pool that complements your space, not dominates it. Take plunge pools – their size, versatility and ability to suit a variety of budgets has seen them become a popular alternative to traditional swimming pools. And as an added bonus, they can make you feel like you’re on a tropical holiday in a luxury villa! A custom concrete pool is another great option that allows you the flexibility to create something specifically tailored to the space you have. 

Set the Scene 

Your outdoor living space is so much more than just a swimming pool – it’s an extension of your home and a reflection of your personal style. A well designed outdoor space creates a seamless flow from your house to your pool, using materials and textures that generate harmony between inside and out. Traditional styles of pool fencing have taken a back seat to more modern, visually appealing options, which can transform your space while still adhering to Australian safety standards. Bamboo, plants and other natural elements can be used to perfectly frame your pool and create a beautiful and natural setting.   

Make it Your Own 

What does your swimming pool mean to you? Is it your retreat – somewhere to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day? Is it a place to entertain friends while you cook them a beautiful meal in your outdoor kitchen? Or a space to play and connect with family? Whatever it means to you, there are countless ways to customise your swimming pool and surrounds to reflect what’s important to you. From water features, lighting, and wireless outdoor entertainment to seating, shade and shelter – even outdoor showers. A well designed outdoor space is the perfect way to experience beauty and wonder, right in your own back yard.

Image Credit: Aperture House, Cox Rayner – Photographer Christopher Frederick Jones