24 June 2013
As the weather turns to a combo of rain and swelter here in HK, we at Eclectic Cool are spending our downtime thinking of the coolest pools in the world. Most of these pools pictured on the left have been chosen for their feats of engineering as well as beautiful settings.
La Purificadora is a relatively new hotel in Mexico. Located in the historic centre of Puebla, a colonial city & world heritage site, the hotel on the road between Mexico City and Oaxaca, next door to San Francisco´s church. La Purificadora is the new incarnation of a late 19th-century factory long used to purify water for the production of ice, renovated by the renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Legoretta has fused the original architecture with simple contemporary forms. The pool, situated next to an open air bar, is the just the place to cool down after a hard day touring the city.
The Red Pool in the Murano Marrakech, is one of the most unusual and visually stunning pools that you will find in the world. The warmth of the red tiles echos the red earth surrounding the hotel.
Though the architecture of the Blanket Bay Lodge is pretty humdrum, the setting of this pool makes all the difference. Otago has to be one of the most beautiful places in the Southern hemisphere. This, from an Aussie, is high praise indeed.
The thousand year old pool in Angkor Wat was used more for bathing than to luxuriate. The temple pool is in amazing condition and well worth a visit.
This OMA designed pool is part of a project just outside Paris. The customers gave only two guidelines for architecture and design firm OMA: they wanted a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the city connecting two separate apartments. Not a bad place to view the Eiffel Tower!
Though not for humans, the Penguin Pool by Leonard Lubetkin was designed in the ’30s, using a very innovative use of reinforced concrete. This pool is beautiful- the pristine white setting a magnificent backdrop for the penguins that inhabit it. Lubetkin conceived it as a stage set with walkways for the waddling penguins in the favourite constructivist form of a double helix and a spacious pool where they could show off their speed and grace when swimming. This is a must see on your next visit to London.
I don’t think any hotel pool can beat the view of and from the rooftop pool of the Four Seasons Hotel in Jimbaran Bay. This location is just a hop, skip and jump from HK and is well worth a gander.
A cantilevered pool is always something to marvel at. Think about how much strength you need in the structure to suspend that amount of water. This pool in Texas by Architexas, is part of The Joule hotel in Dallas, Texas. Ten stories above the ground, the pool projects eight feet over the edge of the building and hangs directly above Main Street, giving swimmers great downtown views and an escape from the Texan heat.
Finally, the last amazing pool is an oldie but a goody. The Hotel Cap du Eden Roc is probably more famous as a place to be seen rather than to see. However, the pool’s setting is sublime. A cool martini sipped from the bar overlooking the pool is one of life’s great moments.