Orchestrating Custom Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic tile images have been around for thousands of years. This implementation in 2012 included a Stradivarius violin wood-grain blend.

Violin pool
Colored lights are capable of changing the overall appearance of the violin in fascinating ways.
Violin plan view
The owner plays the violin and he thought of the shape for the pool because he wanted a play area (body), lap section (neck) and spa (chin-rest). The “bow” was conceived as a koi pond, separated from the neck by acrylic windows.
Guitar lap pool
The pool looks a bit like a guitar in this view and the perimeter overflow spa shines like a polished ebony chin-rest.
Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living

The violin pool was a Luxury Pools + Outdoor Living Pinnacle Award Winner in 2014.

Wood grain Oceanside glass tile
Oceanside Glass & Tile made a custom blend of mosaic tiles to mimic the wood grain of a Stradivarius. The “f-holes” and tailpiece are black glass tile. Yes – I couldn’t resist including “f-holes” in this blog!
Violin scroll and strings
With a beautiful background of custom blended mosaic tiles, the violin strings shimmer with light and guide lap swimmers from tailpiece to the “scroll” and back.
Violin upper bout
The violin’s “upper bout” is 7′-4″ deep.
Don’t Break the Neck

The pool is 7′-4″ deep where it meets the neck. It is possible that the body and neck could hinge due to differential soil settlement so extra reinforcing steel was added, reminiscent of the violin strings.

Similarly, the koi pond “bow” crosses the neck with acrylic windows separating fish from lap swimmers. Extra reinforcing was added here too and resembles the horse hair used for real violin bows.

This is the type of special structural engineering that Watershape Consulting is known for – we are creative problem solvers.

Reinforcing steel like violin strings and a horse hair bow
Extra reinforcing steel added to the violin neck and koi pond “bow” connections.
Team

Landscape Design: Cipriano Landscape Design

Structural Design & Engineering: Watershape Consulting Inc.

Watershape Contractor: Cipriano Landscape Design

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