From kiddie wading pools to Olympic competition aquatic centers, swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve ever spent time at an upscale resort, you are already aware that a fabulous pool can make you feel like you’re in the lap of luxury. Here are six examples of some of the world’s most amazing and extravagant pools -complete with breathtaking views.
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Architects Envision A 21st Century “Himalayas”
At a juncture when it seems that humankind is at odds with nature (and losing), a vision like the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center offers a much less antagonistic vision of that relationship. MAD architects debuted the modern day Himalayas at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, readily presenting the ethos of shanshui, or the achieved spiritual harmony between nature and humanity. In their 560,000 square meter space, manmade structures and their waterfall and rainwater-filled interiors complement nature; they don’t necessarily take away from it. Read more about the metropolis’ specs at Design Boom.
Up to the moment that the Chicago World’s Fair opened to the public on May 1, 1893, crews scrambled to replant landscaping that had been washed away in a torrential rain storm. Puddles drowned the newly sodded lawns and some paint was still wet, but to the eyes of that day’s fairgoers, it was nothing short of a photo finish. The few remaining pieces of the Fair dazzle today’s viewers just like they did over a century ago.
Rather than a simple map, enjoy UCLA’s three-dimensional recreation of the Fair:
In the nineteenth century, cities were filthy places. Factory pollution and dust clogged the air. So when fairgoers were greeted by the glimmering Court of Honor, nicknamed the White City, it seemed like they had been transported to another world. Overseeing the Fair’s design and construction, Daniel Burnham had the huge neoclassical buildings coated in soft white paint so that they would “glow” in the sunlight.
To understand the world view of Charles Jencks, a landscape architect and sculptor whose grand body of work has to be seen to be believed, refer to Jenck’s own remarks: “To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this home.”
With names like “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” and “Northumberlandia”, the Lady of the North, Charles Jencks’ creations are as grandiose as they are mesmerizing. Celebrating nature in conjunction with scientific and architectural design, Jencks’ gardens and parks carry a signature style unique to his own experiences and expertise.
Cramped cubicle culture is not unfamiliar to many office-dwellers, as most of us spend our adult years feeling like rats being held in a badly lit corporate cage. Not all workspaces are created equal, though. In fact, some of the following cubicles and office spaces are the stuff dreams are made of. Here are some of the coolest workspaces that foster productivity and likely make water cooler discussions a little less “I can’t believe I have to work here” and more “I can’t believe I get to work here!”
Coolest Offices: Selgas Cano
Imagine working for the Madrid-based architectural firm Selgas Cano, filing documents under the trees and alongside the sunshine, with the serenity of nature all around you. Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano designed the ultimate office for their business using plexiglass, fiberglass and polyester-based materials. Work doesn’t have to separate you from nature; rather, nature and natural lighting work to enhance your professional experience.
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Petronas towers are twin skyscrapers that dot the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Designed by Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli, the iconic structure evokes Malaysia’s Islamic culture and heritage of Malaysia and features arabesques, repetitive geometric patterns and an 8-point star formed by intersecting squares.