The Duality of a Farmhouse Pool:  Swimming and Reflecting

The Duality of a Farmhouse Pool: Swimming and Reflecting

Photography by Joshua Tompkins

A new swimming pool was conceived at an existing, historic farmhouse property of rolling hills and mature trees.

The success of the project was due in part by the strategic siting of the pool. A balanced relationship between house and landscape was achieved. The pool is on axis with, and conveniently located with, the primary outdoor gathering terrace off the house. Conversely, the pool is physically detached from the terrace and is part of the landscape — It is surrounded entirely by lawn and located at a lower elevation than the outdoor terrace.

Employing an economy of materials, the pool blends into the surrounding lawn and woodlands. A narrow, antiqued bluestone pool deck surrounds the pool. The poolside chaise lounge area is located on lawn for a softer alternative to hardscape. Features common with pools — Handrails, grab bars, diving boards — are absent in favor of a simpler composition.

The duality of the pool is perhaps the most substantive achievement — Whether occupied, or viewed from within the home, the swimming pool doubles as reflecting pool. The dark, recessive pool interior amplifies reflective qualities, drawing in the sky above.

LET'S CONNECT

 A balanced relationship between house and landscape.

A balanced relationship between house and landscape.

 Surrounded entirely by lawn, the pool rests lightly on the landscape.

Surrounded entirely by lawn, the pool rests lightly on the landscape.

 A dark, recessive pool interior.

A dark, recessive pool interior.