Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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34 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Luxury pool builder, Cipriano Custom Pools & Landscaping, which is located in Bergen County N.J., recently won the "Best Gunite Swimming Pool Award" for their design of a residential 'violin' pool. The project came about when the homeowner, an amateur violinist and violin collector, approached the firm with an idea of building a swimming pool in the shape of an 18th century Stradivarius, including the most intricate parts, such as the chinrest, tailpiece, purfling, f-holes, and bridge. A Stradivarius, of course, is an extremely coveted instrument made by the Stradivari family, most notable by Antonio Stradivari, particularly during the 17th and 18th centuries. With the idea in place the next step was to find an appropriate scale for the pool, so that it would fit the size of the house and property, while still functioning properly as a swimming pool. The final dimensions of the pool are 90 feet long by 31 feet wide, at the largest point, and 16 ½ at the narrowest location. The neck tapers from 8 feet near the body of the violin down to six feet at the end, a perfect size for the 81,270 sq. ft. backyard. The details of the violin, which are depicted in various ways, came together during the design process; the homeowner also played an integral part. Pool elements include: • Purfling: The purfling, a narrow decorative edge, was created with a custom stone inlay around the coping of the pool. • Chinrest: The slightly raised chinrest doubles as a 12-person overflow spa and is finished in jet-black glass tiles. Although the water from the spa recirculates from the pool it appears as though the water is overflowing into the pool. The spa is complete with 16 jets. • Strings: Violin strings have 5,760 strands of fiber optics wired to 40 illuminators. The light strands are run through 36 conduits, and are woven through the joints of the glass tile. Lights are synchronized to the underwater audio system through a DMX controller.The bridge, f-holes and tailpiece were all depicted with black glass tile on the floor of the pool. • Pool Surface: The surface of the pool is like no other, as it replicates the wood stain of a violin and transitions from red to brown in all right Two koi ponds, which symbolize the bow of the violin, cross the pool at the violin's neck and are filled with water lilies, irises and other aquatic plants. The landscaped trees, a Saucer Magnolia, two Persian Parrotia, two Miss Kim Lilac, a Bloodgood Japanese Maple and a Japanese Black Pine are lit with FX Luinaire spot lights. Bottom left The pool surface is over 440,000 individual pieces of glass tile that were mapped out in Auto CAD to optimize the transitions of colors. Bottom right The flowerbed just below the pool is filled with blue-mist shrub, pink 'Knock Out' roses and fountain grass. (Continued on page 36)

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