An underground garden filters water in this natural swimming pool

 An underground garden filters water in this natural swimming pool

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.

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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.

A natural swimming pool surrounded by greenery, with a black house elevated to the left of the pool and it's attached wooden deck.

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