How to...design luxury indoor swimming pools

Posted by Andy Goodchild
12 Aug 15

As it’s the summer season we thought we’d share our advice on designing spectacular indoor swimming pools. We’ve recently worked on a variety of projects that have included a swimming pool in their brief, principally in the Hampstead and Highgate areas of London. A central prerequisite is ensuring a design to the highest specification.

 

Subterranean paradise: our 7,500 sq ft Hampstead new-build basement project featuring a swimming pool, gym, steam room, jacuzzi, sauna, massage room and hair salon.

From our point of view no super-prime property is complete without a swimming pool and we are seeing more and more clients asking for larger and more lavish designs. Spas, gyms and treatment rooms are the perfect accompaniment and ‘must-have’ features. Space shortages in London invariably means digging down, hence the inclusion of basement conversions within many of our projects. In these basement conversions, generous floor to ceiling heights help create a relaxing, spacious environment and luxury marble tiling, exquisite light fittings and bespoke hardwood furniture finish off the design and complement the architectural features.   

Here’s our design do’s and don’ts for creating the ultimate super-prime swimming pool:

Do

  • Make the pool as large as possible (12.5m long minimum; 15-20m becoming more common)
  • Make the pool hall ceilings as high as possible to make the spaces feel less subterranean
  • Introduce natural light wherever possible via lightwells or rooflights
  • Include hidden artificial light sources to lift the space 

Don’t

  • Compromise on any of the above!
  • Have exposed skimmers and other fittings (always conceal the workings of the pool)
  • Include mosaic patterns and murals. These date quickly so keep it simple
  • Use materials not appropriate for a pool environment. Always check the suitability of the finishes