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Important Information About Swimming Pool Designs

Are you thinking of putting a swimming pool right in your backyard? A pool is a fun addition to the backyard. You envisioned going for laps right at your doorstep while providing a water-playground for your children. You envy some of your neighbors who have put up their own pool but you do not wish to seen as a copycat. But you have no inkling of any swimming pool designs.

There’s one suggestion. Just logon to the web and search for Kelowna swimming pool designs and you will be thrilled with many ideas there. There are a plethora of design options that can offer style to your backyard. Amidst your heightened excitement, remember to do your own homework and plan well before you spend your money on one for your backyard.

Take your time to consider the type of pool you are going to invest in. Give thoughtful consideration in line with your lifestyle, available space, safety, budget and maintenance cost. Your chosen design must work well with your home’s current design and individualistic characteristics such soil condition, accessibility, topography etc. A hasty decision and the end-result may or may not become your home’s focal point of attraction.

Here are some of the pool designs and other considerations that you may want to study before embarking on your project;

1. There 2 pool types to choose from;

(i) In-Ground Pools which are the most popular and most common style for private homes. This is pool is built right into the ground and will be a permanent feature of your home.

(ii) Above-ground pools however are the most convenient style to be built. These pools are not permanent as they sit on the ground of your backyard. As the pool is not built into the ground, it is easily transferable when you move home.

2. Shapes comes in many forms and sizes such as;

(i) Geometric shapes whereby the most common are the rectangular and oval ones. These are more affordable for their simplicity in design and construction.

(ii) Curvy shapes are mainly designed for in-ground pools which add a dramatic look to the pool. The most common is the kidney-shaped pool that comes with only a subtle curve.

3. In addition to the type and shapes for your new pool, there are also many great pool styles to choose from such as;

(i) A wood pool for the rustic feel;
(ii) A tile-lined pool for the contemporary look; or
(iii) An infinity pool for the unique feature

4. Landscape themes for your swimming pool are the latest trend in the market. You may have a choice from a Roman garden to a tropical garden or a flower garden or even a pirate grotto. Fences can also be incorporated for your children or pet’s safety.

Barcelona Is a Mecca of World Architecture

Barcelona is a dynamic city and well-known for its architecture, both modern and historical. Just take a quick look at its cityscape and the diversity it offers, starting with the most famous of all, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlo by Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona Pavilion building by Mies van der Rohe, the Agbar Tower by Jean Nouvel and Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe are just a few of the stunning architectural designs, take a visit to the city yourself and give your visual senses a feast.

Any architectural tour has to start with Antoni Gaudi, the greatest Catalan Architect there ever was. Barcelona is littered with his weird and wonderful designs and he is one of the main reasons the city attracts so many tourists. The most famous work by Gaudi in the city is the, as yet, uncompleted La Sagrada Familia basilica, and Barcelona’s most famous building. Antoni Gaudi also started the project Park Guell intending it as a place to relax for the rich and famous.

The Passeig de Gracia features 2 of Gaudi’s original designs, the colourful Casa Battlo in the Illa de la Discordia and La Pedrera with its undulating concrete and twisted iron balconies, rooftop sculptures and chimneys.

Located at the base of Spain’s tallest buildings, the Hotel Arts and the Mapfre Tower at Port Olympica is the famous Frank Gehry fish – The Golden Fish. Commissioned for the 1992 Olympics, the fish and Hotel Arts were both designed by the American Frank O. Gehry, considered to be one of the most artful and creative modern architects, contrasting space, materials and form to produce remarkable, energetic art. Some of his other works of art include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, and the Fishdance Restaurant in Kobe, Japan.

The fish sculpture is breathtakingly huge, measuring 35m x 54m. Constructed from stone, steel and glass, you can’t fail to spot it as its exterior is covered with shiny metal plates that change colour in the sun.

The Agbar Tower, inspired by Gaudí, was designed by Jean Nouvel whose form reflects the surrounding mountains of Montserrat, and resembles a rising geyser of water. Measuring 473.75 feet tall, the Tower has 38 floors, as well as 4 levels underground and is made from reinforced concrete covered with red and blue glass panels. During the evenings the Tower is brightly lit up by LED lights in more than 4,500 windows, glass blinds are motorized automatically opening and closing to regulate the temperature inside.