Vanishing edge pool

Beautiful Environmental Consciousness

This sleek vanishing edge pool is a work of art strategically aligned through a forest of protected oak trees in Northern California – preserving the environment in many ways.

The true essence of a vanishing edge is its ability to reflect the environment beyond - in this case, a beautiful uplit oak tree
The design preserved the trees and made them a feature as opposed to an obstacle in the way of the pool.

The environmental protection plan continued with water and energy conservation at the depths of this beautiful design – literally. At the deepest part of this pool is a vault that conceals a 1/2″ thick floating-slat cover that, when deployed, stops evaporation and retains heat at night.

During the day the cover heats the pool like a giant blanket, increasing the water temperature without the use of fossil fuels – preserving the environment at a distance.

The natural landform of the hillside was maintained and it appears to creep right into the decks
The automatic cover is completely invisible when retracted into the floor at the center of the pool.

The Aquamatic HydraLux cover requires no tracks at the waterline, no track at the vanishing edge, and no hard-to-hide lead-bar typical of vinyl safety covers. As the HydraLux name implies, these covers are a premium luxurious addition to a pool and/or spa but the long-term water and energy savings will pay for it in time.

Another benefit of a floating slat-cover is the ability to cover shapes other than rectangles which is a primary limitation of typical vinyl automatic safety covers.

The wall at the right terminates as a lounge chair
The wall at the right terminates as a lounge chair.
Looking back at the house and glass pool house from the corner of the vanishing edge
Grating at the basin, which can’t be seen from the house or decks, protects the wildlife and helps keep oak leaves out.
Vanishing edge pool and wood deck nestles into the natural grade
The wood deck seems to float above the natural terrain which appears to be undisturbed even after the complicated construction.
Vanishing edge pool and glass pool house
The small pavilion provides a sheltered destination from the house. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a book in the serenity of the natural environment.
Structural sections
Structural sections show deepened footings and the vault at the center of the pool where the retractable Hydralux cover resides.


Architecture: Elements Architecture.

Landscape Architecture: Land Tec Landscape Architects

Pool Engineering: Watershape Consulting Inc.

Pool Cover: Aquamatic Pool Covers Inc.

Construction: Paradise Pools & Gardens