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.
Above: The pool sits at the edge of a courtyard made of Turkish white travertine stone.
Above: The pool itself is made of concrete, with wooden board-formed detailing on its infinity wall.
Above: The wall that serves as the infinity edge is made of reinforced concrete, and helps to hold up the travertine patio.
Above: The architects note that a 100-year-old acacia tree adds a vertical counterpoint to an otherwise horizontal design.
Above: The unpolished stone was reclaimed from a nearby village and laid in carefully planned blocks.
Above: Concrete stairs and a shallow lounging area inside the pool, plus castoffs from nearby trees.
Above: The architects used simple geometry and pale colors throughout the pool and patio in order to highlight the natural setting.
Above: One of the castle buildings looks directly onto the pool. (On its clay tile roof, notice the cat keeping watch.)
Above: Dusk reveals the strip lighting integrated into the pool, bench, and handrail.
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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.