Creating a River-Shaped Swimming Pool

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The Fish House

Humans and Mother Nature take dramatically different approaches to design. Humans love right angles, squares, and perfect circles. Mother Nature prefers… well, it prefers everything other than right angles and perfect shapes.

That leaves architects and new homeowners with a potentially tough question: Is it better to have a house that utilizes the sharp, efficient shapes of human inspiration, or should your home replicate the chaotic shapes of the wilderness?

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The Fish House

Guz Architects apparently sought a mix of both with the construction of the Fish House, a home that combines natural and artificial shapes into a cohesive whole.

First off, take a look at the swimming pool. The folks at Guz Architects could have simply created a four-corner pool and called it quits, but instead they built the pool so that it snakes around the property in a U-shape.

River-Shaped River

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This shape mimics the ebb and flow of rivers in nature. The water on the outside bend of a flowing river moves faster than the inside bend, which means that the outside bend gets eroded faster. This gradually creates huge bends in the river, such as this famous portion of the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon

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Elsewhere in the pool, a small raised platform acts as the home for a lone tree. This tiny island is similar to what you might find in a lake or river. Between this island and the sweeping pool shape, it feels almost as though the swimming pool is a natural body of water.

Island in the Fish House

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The architects hinted at that design philosophy elsewhere in the home. The support beams in the main living space reach outward in random angles and numbers to replicate the branches of a growing tree.

Branching Support Beams

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The ceiling slopes like the gentle rise of a cresting wave or a small hill.

Sloping ceiling

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The roof acts as a tiny garden and outdoor lounging area.

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Rooftop Garden

Your home doesn’t have to be all concrete and right angles. Guz Architects has proven that infusing natural shapes into a manmade structure can produce jaw-dropping beauty.


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