Infinity pool: the perfect balance between luxury and sophistication

 

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Having a pool at home is every homeowner’s dream, but having an infinity pool is, without a doubt, a privilege! This type of construction not only adds much more value to the property, but also offers its users a feeling of guaranteed spaciousness, as the waterline seems to have no end with the water overflowing its limitations. This is also a modern and smart way to make the most of the slope of the land, without having to remove too much land from the site, as in traditional buildings.

Architect Sandra Pompermayer explains that what differentiates an infinity pool from conventional constructions is its differentiated structure and installation. Its cost can be 10 to 20% more expensive, due to the additional pipes and pumps, but the result is worth every penny, especially if built in the highest part of the house. Some projects also include a subtle fusion of structure and setting, be it sky, sea, vegetation or countryside.

How it works

According to the architect, the infinity pool has three different types of construction, and the choice depends on the type of land that will receive it, but all of them need a return system to the water: “Swimming pools built on uneven terrain, on one side (the one with a privileged view is chosen) a gutter is installed to catch the water that overflows at that end. Through a motor pump, this water is continuously returned to the pool. In a channel around the pool on flat terrain, the infinity edge may be covered with gravel”.

where to build

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Although it is not a rule, sloping terrains are the most suitable for receiving the infinity pool: “they provide a much more incredible effect, creating a visual connection between the landscape and the pool. Another advantage of the uneven terrain is at the time of construction, as there is no need to remove a lot of land”, emphasizes the professional. Flat land can also receive the infinity edge structure, but labor costs are higher, as it is necessary to raise the pool edges.

ideal project

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For the architect, the ideal project is one executed on a sloping plot with the sea, lake, generous vegetation or facing a beautiful horizon. “The surrounding landscape is mainly responsible for the best visual sensation in an infinity pool. Sometimes a client really wants a project like this, but the land he has to build it on won’t have the same incredible feel as he saw in the inspirational photos. It is up to the professional to alert his client about the best to be designed for the space, and to be honest when telling the truth to him when the result will not be the same as he wants”.

Maintenance and care

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In addition to the usual care of a traditional pool, the infinity edge needs more attention to its mechanism, and also attention from users: “This type of pool must be very careful with the water return channel. It must always be unobstructed, clean. Another care is with children. They love to jump off the ledge, which is usually the end, which doesn’t have a parapet or guardrail”, concludes Pompermayer.

65 infinity pool projects to fall in love with:

Check out some amazing projects for leisure areas with an infinity pool to get inspired:

1. Mixed with vegetation

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / JACOBSEN ARCHITECTURE

For a surprising result, the swimming pool for this project was built on the side of the land that is most surrounded by vegetation in the region. Thus, the leisure area became a perfect place to relax and be in contact with nature.

2. The best view in the house

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / OLEGÁRIO DE SÁ & GILBERTO CIONI

The coating applied to the interior of the pool promoted an impressive look, blending with the glass door, and creating a slight sense of integration between the materials. How not to relax with a view like this?

3. Nature’s color palette

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DENISE MACEDO

The feeling of spaciousness of this minimalist project was due to the choice of colors. Notice how the pool integrates with the vegetation by having the same colors applied to its coatings: green and brown.

4. Comfort in the right measure

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For greater comfort, a kind of internal frame was built inside this pool, which perfectly serves as a huge bench around the pool. So users can not only take a dip, but also relax and chat.

5. A heavenly project

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / MUTABILE ARCHITECTURE AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

The owner of this luxurious house on the edge of the river took advantage of the incredible landscape of his backyard to build an extensive swimming pool with an infinity edge at one end. The visual effect is as if the swimming pool flows directly into the river.

6. Making the best use of the landscape

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ANGELA PINHO ARCHITECTURE

If you want to create a dream project, here’s the tip: choose the side of the house where the sun will set and, preferably, at a strategic height for a panoramic and total view of the landscape.

7. Infinite edge on flat terrain

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Although labor is a little more expensive in flat land projects, the infinity edge in an enclosed backyard also becomes the main highlight of a property, but with a different proposal. Here the architecture of the house is highlighted.

8. Sensation of guaranteed amplitude

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / SEAN MCGRATH

Creating something interesting for sloping terrain can seem challenging, but if your budget allows you to invest a little more in an infinity pool, you can bet the result will be surprising – and worth every penny!

9. Architectural fusion with the beach

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If it’s already a dream to enjoy a sunny day in a house on the sand, imagine in a swimming pool overlooking the entire beach? The coconut trees planted along the edge served as a perfect curtain to control the entrance of the sun into the environment.

10. A pool that seems to have no end

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / JULIANA ZANETTI

The dense forest surrounding the backyard of this cozy house was present in the decoration of the outdoor area. To ensure the safety of users, the wooden deck installed around the pool beautifies and prevents accidents.

11. A privileged view

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / RUSCHEL ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

The highest part of this house has gained a clean leisure area, where the view can be enjoyed not only from inside the pool, but also from the sofa and table during meals.

12. Infinite edge with protective glass

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CAIQUE LOBO

High places need preventive measures, especially when the house is frequented by children. Glass panels are the most suitable, because they offer this purpose without harming the incredible view of the environment.

13. Here the pool was built on the edge of the slope of the land

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… and it was designed as if it were a balcony belonging to the living room of the residence. This way, users can interact from inside and outside the house, creating a typical summer vacation atmosphere.

14. When the pool mixes with the sea

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / TULIO XENOPHON

See how the fusion between the pool and nature offers a fantastic look! This house in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, is the perfect example of the tip given by Sandra Pompermayer, and you can barely differentiate between pool water and sea water!

15. The best sunset cabin

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The horizon seen from this environment goes beyond the heights of vegetation. The result of this perfect planning is a paradisiacal view of the sunset, without any urban construction disturbing this spectacle of nature.

16. Choose a location with a privileged view

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The main adjective for a leisure area with a swimming pool is comfort. And this environment took that feature away from the letter, including reclining chairs inside the shallow end of this oceanfront infinity pool.

17. The higher the terrain, the better the result

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Here the pool has become a huge mirror of water, reflecting not only the architectural structure of the house, but also the trees and the beautiful blue sky. The privileged view is another differential, which can be enjoyed throughout the open concept house.

18. A space reserved for the contemporary house

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ANDRE LUQUE

The flat terrain was strategically used to receive this large square-shaped pool. The green coating accompanied the landscape formed by a huge lawn and preserved vegetation, ensuring users’ privacy.

19. Swimming pool with special lighting

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / PAULINHO PERES

Valuing the construction of your infinity pool at night is also critical. Here the lights highlighted its architecture, which has a bar wrapping one of its edges. You can have a good drink in the water or sitting on one of the barstools.

20. A modern and conceptual structure

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / NAIARA LOCH

The modern and the rustic are mixed in the construction of this luxurious house, and the view from the living room to the pool is a spectacle in its own right. Speaking of which, its concrete structure also created a straight line to the terrain’s boundaries.

21. Chameleon Effect

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ALPENTILE

The use of the predominant colors of the landscape in the pool coverings helps to create an even greater effect on the feeling of spaciousness and fusion between the house and nature, giving the impression that everything is part of the same scenario.

22. Straight and modern lines

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The use of straight lines and geometric shapes for the construction of the pool guarantees an even more modern and stylish effect. For this, make sure that the structure will follow the architectural style of the house.

23. The most inspiring environment in the house

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CRISA SANTOS ARCHITECTS

The concrete pool received an external investment of stones, ensuring that the look outside was also highlighted, accompanying all the inspiring decoration of the leisure area.

24. It’s hard not to fall in love with this place

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The landscaping of this immense area ensured a paradisiacal atmosphere around the pool, with trees, shrubs and stones around the different structures and levels of crystal clear water.

25. Double attention to gutter maintenance

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / HOTEL EXPERIENCE EXPERT

“This type of pool requires great care with the return channel of this water. It must always be unobstructed, clean”, explains the architect. The waterproofing and coating of the gutter must also be guaranteed.

26. Blue coating, like the ocean

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO H

The hue on hue of blue in this project shows how luxurious an environment can become with just the help of nature. The contrast is due to the coating around the pool, which guarantees the minimalism of the composition.

27. … or green, like the mountains

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Here the same concept was used for the contemporary house in the mountains. The pool’s water-green added a nuance to the color chart, and the upholstery of the chairs followed the proposal with greater emphasis.

28. A pool that blends in with the sky and the sea

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / HECTOR PAULUCCI

The photo taken from inside the pool in this house in Santos faithfully shows the feeling conveyed by an infinity edge: the idea that the water has no end! And you can still peek at the shore approaching its edge.

29. The landscaping of the house ensured privacy and coziness

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARTHUR CASAS

Among trees and bushes, the pool gained expressive reflections in the water on sunny days, looking like a small artificial lake privately owned by the house. The various levels of depth inside guarantee fun for adults and children alike.

30. Pool + deck

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / FERNANDA VIEIRA

This pool gained continuity from the deck alongside its infinity edge. Note that the setback to overflowing water is more apparent in this image, making it easier to understand how the system works.

31. An intimate leisure area

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DOUGLAS BRANDAO LANDSCAPING

Even if the space to build a pool is small, the infinity edge will provide a unique visual effect, and this will be the least of the problems. In fact, the compact size of your structure will create a much more intimate and personal area.

32. Fancy lighting the space

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / AMBIENTY ARCHITECTURE

After all, what’s beautiful is to be shown by day as well as at night, right? Lights installed inside and around the edge of the pool enhance the environment and ensure a super bold look.

33. Slope for the overflow effect

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / HECTOR PAULUCCI

The secret of an infinity pool lies in its slightly sloping construction, so that the water overflows without being spilled. This water, in turn, is not discarded, but received in a gutter built at a lower level of the ledge.

34. A bold effect for the luxurious home

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARTHUR CASAS

The modern concept of the entire structure of this mansion gained even more prominence with the water line formed by the pool built in the limitations of the land. The wooden deck divided the lawn area into perfect symmetry.

35. Coated with dark inserts

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CHOEFF LEVY FISCHMAN

The coating with metallic tiles ensured a sparkling visual effect on the interior and exterior of the immense pool, built along the entire sideline of the house. The coconut trees randomly assigned to the ground added a natural touch to the composition.

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36. Wave Deck

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / OLEGÁRIO DE SÁ & GILBERTO CIONI

37. A preview of paradise

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / CECILIA SELEME

38. It even looks like a continuity with the river

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / PERIM ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS

39. Infinity pool for indoor locations

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / TRIBÙ

40. Taking advantage of the terrain’s slope

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / GEBARA CONDE SINISGALLI ARCHITECTS

41. Imagine having breakfast every day in this beauty?

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / GRC ARQDECOR

42. Panoramic view of the mountains

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / A1 ARCHITECTURE

43. How about taking a dip almost among the trees?

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ROGÉRIO PEREZ

44. Two-tier pool

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / HELENA GATTI ARCHITECTURE

45. Inserts in various shades of blue

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / RENATA MATOS

46. ​​A true backyard of dreams!

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / PAULO VILELA

47. A haven to relax

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / DECORATE YOUR STYLE

48. Rustic border

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARTHUR CASAS

49. Retro coating

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / EDGAR WACH

50. Balcony with round pool

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / RUSCHEL ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

51. The feeling of freedom is unique!

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / THAYANE BARGHIGIANI

52. Round, to differentiate itself from the others

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / INOVASI

53. Hard to want to have a social life living in a place like this

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ENGEARQ ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE

54. Living up to the peace of the countryside

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / FAZENDA DA GRAMA

55. A true mirror of water

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARCHFATTO

56. Here the pool is the trump card of the decoration

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARTHUR CASAS

57. A private paradise

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / PAULINHO PERES

58. It is unknown where it starts and where it ends

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / STUDIO MARIANA CREGO

59. Valuing the architecture of the house

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARTHUR CASAS

60. The differential of the house standing in the sand

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / TULIO XENOPHON

61. The end result makes every penny of investment worth

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / LAGOA SANTA

62. A dive with a view of the sea

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / RENATA MATOS

63. The amplitude effect valued the land of this house

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / ARCHITECTURE FOR ALL

64. Luxury of a real spa

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / GISLENE LOPES

65. View of Vila Olímpia in São Paulo

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PHOTO: REPRODUCTION / JOSÉ ANGELO C. MINCACHE

It was clear that the infinity pool is a unique concept for those who want to further enhance the property’s architecture, adding more modernity and luxury to any simple project. The result is worth the investment!

 

 

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