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Swimming Pool of the Week: A Medieval Castle Gets an Infinity Pool

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Swimming Pool of the Week: A Medieval Castle Gets an Infinity Pool

August 12, 2016

Earlier this week, we featured the 2,690 square-foot grounds of the Castillo de Peratallada—a 10th-century castle-turned-summer home in Catalonia, whose landscape was revived by Barcelona architecture studio Mesura. (See A Study in Stone: The Renaissance of a Medieval Castle Garden in Catalonia for the story.)

Today, we turn to the most dramatic addition: a concrete infinity pool nestled in a patio of white stone.

Photography by Salva López courtesy of Mesura.

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Above: The pool sits at the edge of a courtyard made of Turkish white travertine stone.

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Above: The pool itself is made of concrete, with wooden board-formed detailing on its infinity wall.

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Above: The pool water is constantly moving, and the sound of falling water was an integral part of Mesura’s design. The water flows over an infinity edge into a channel to be recirculated. 

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Above: The wall that serves as the infinity edge is made of reinforced concrete, and helps to hold up the travertine patio.

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Above: The architects note that a 100-year-old acacia tree adds a vertical counterpoint to an otherwise horizontal design.

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Above: The unpolished stone was reclaimed from a nearby village and laid in carefully planned blocks.

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Above: Concrete stairs and a shallow lounging area inside the pool, plus castoffs from nearby trees.

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Above: The architects used simple geometry and pale colors throughout the pool and patio in order to highlight the natural setting.

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Above: One of the castle buildings looks directly onto the pool. (On its clay tile roof, notice the cat keeping watch.)

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Above: Dusk reveals the strip lighting integrated into the pool, bench, and handrail.

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See all of Gardenista’s Pool of the Week posts including Beautiful Views in the Berkshires and A Dive into a Napa Valley Landscape.

Finally, get more ideas on how to integrate a swimming pool into your landscape or exterior home project with our Hardscaping 101: Swimming Pools guide.

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