Tropical hideaway

Monday, 23 June, 2014

Located in Noosa Waters, Queensland, a house with the official title ‘Tropical Hideaway’ has a number of stunning architectural features, but none more so than the property’s pool and spa. From the front door a pebble creek runs through the central courtyard leading guests to the sprawling pool, round acrylic spa, ‘floating’ round sundecks, mosaic infinity wet edge, lavastone waterfalls and timber bridges that link the house and entertainment pavilion.

Designed by Chris Clout Design and built by Coastal Pacific Pools, the teams collaborated with Pool Windows - the company that supplied and installed the acrylic spa to create the oasis, which has since won a number of awards.

The clients, based in Melbourne, had the house and pool constructed as their holiday house, so it was essential for the space to feel like a resort. The clients also wanted the pool to be private, so the house was designed around the pool, making it the focal point of the house.

Chris Clout, who designed the house and pool, said, “The design style is modern tropical resort style, stemming from Balinese themes. The curves were incorporated because of the site, which was a wedge shape that opened onto the Noosa Waters canal. The tropical theme was enhanced by the turquoise pool colour mixed with natural materials such as stone and timber, and enhanced with tropical landscaping.

“The key to good design is balancing aesthetics with function and meeting the client’s brief. We feel the aesthetics of this pool not only meet the client’s brief but give a space that truly inspires. The internalised design we used of the pool had many great advantages for the house such as cross-ventilation, directing breezes, natural air cooling and privacy.

“The main issues we had with the design process were pool fence locations, convincing the client to include a wet edge, the location of the pool equipment and the creek design.

“The pool fence location was an issue for the clients because they didn’t want the fence near the pool area or to have it interrupting the natural flow of the spaces. We addressed this by installing the pool fencing around the outside of the entertaining pavilion so it was out of the way and allowed the space between the pool and the pavilion to be used easily.

“With the wet edge, we provided a design solution which included a curved deck with a stainless steel channel so the catchment tray is hidden. This also provided another link between the areas on the lawn near the canal.

“We hadn’t seen a round spa done before and were pushing the boundaries; our issue here was finding someone that would manufacture it, and we did,” said Clout.

After some discussion, the pool equipment was installed underneath the terrace, right next to the pool. The curved deck provides a handy access point. The water tanks for the site are linked to the pool for topping up. Additionally, the water from the pool is pumped up to the top of the creeks, which then runs back to the pool.

Noosa Lighting provided the Megabay pool lighting, in dark blue, and also the Aqualux spike landscape lighting. Because of the complex shape of the pool, the internal pool surface was pebblecrete and the exterior surface on the wet edge was Trend Tile mosaics in a colour palette custom designed for the project. Lavastone cladding was used on the water columns, with lavastone pebbles for the creeks and cream marble coping.

“The round acrylic spa has gotten everyone’s attention and we think that is what makes this pool a winner. The clients just love it, it has a lot of beautiful features and the size of it compares with many resort pools.”

Equipment specifications

  • Pool pump - Hayward super ii 411
  • Pool filter - Hayward 31″ pro series
  • Pool sanitation - CPS3 chromatiliser
  • Pool heating - rooftop solar
  • Spa pump - Hayward super ii 316
  • Spa filter - Hayward 27″ pro series
  • Spa sanitation - CPS3 chromatiliser
  • Spa Heating - Oasis 17 kW heat pump
  • Spa blower - Spaquip 1380
  • Wet edge pumps - 2 x Hayward 411 super ii
  • Control system - Clevalink 8 channel
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