What’s better than having your own backyard swimming pool? How about having a pool that relies on an underground garden to filter the water rather than chlorine and other harsh chemicals?
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Alan Barlis, principal with BarlisWedlick, designed a natural swimming pool for a 75-acre property in New York’s Hudson Valley. The project was a team effort. BarlisWedlick led the design of the pool, decks, hardscape and materials. Pool builder Vinny Torcasio and Biotop designed the pool filtration/mechanical system, and landscape architect Anthony Archer-Wills was responsible for the softscape and plantings around the pool.
BarlisWedlick is a pioneer in passive design in the United States. Notable projects include Beckoning Path Wellness Center in Armonk, New York, the world’s first new-construction passive house church in Kinderhook, New York, and low-income housing projects built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
As for the new natural pool, the result is stunning and makes us yearn for a swim. Jessie Goldvarg, an associate with BarlisWedlick who served as the project architect, talked with Inhabitat about this magnificent natural pool.