Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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36 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Swimming Sanctuary (Continued from page 34) four directions. To create this look, Cipriano Custom Pools & Landscaping worked closely with the tile manufacturer, which created 15 custom tile blends in a 4-way gradient design. More than 440,000 individual glass tiles were then mapped out using Auto CAD, resulting in a seamless transition of color. • Pool Lighting: The pool is lit with 350-feet of hidden fiber optic rope lighting, which runs through 36 conduits and is woven through the joints of the glass tile. Although the strings of the violin are depicted with black glass tile, to create a nighttime effect, the strings of the violin are also interlaced with 5,760 strands of fiber optics and are wired to 40 illuminators. All of the light strands can be synchronized to music through a DMX controller. • Koi Ponds: Two koi ponds, which symbolize the bow of the violin, cross the pool at the violin's neck and are filled water lilies, irises, and other aquatic plants. These separate functioning water systems are visible from inside the pool through two acrylic panels and also feature 250 fiber optic star-lights. landscaping Although the focus of this project is the violin pool, the completion of the project rested on the planting design, which embodies the musical theme with a G-clef shape. Numerous types of plants were used throughout the various plant beds, such as white fir, blue hosta and Virginia sweetspire, to name a few. Trees were also added to the landscape and include 'Heritage River' birch, 'Deodar' cedar and 'Yoshino' cherry. Another important feature of the landscape is the low voltage LED path lights, well lights, and spot light lights, which were used throughout the property. The lighting system also includes iPhone controls for the on/off functions and to change the light colors in the fixtures. design team Landscape Architect: Cipriano Custom Pools & Landscaping, William Moore Construction Team: Building & Landscape Contractor Cipriano Custom Pools & Landscaping Vendors Oceanside Glasstile Valders Stone PENTAIR Raypak Fiberstars right The pool is 90-feet long, 31-feet wide at its greatest girth, and 16.5-ft. at its narrowest. The neck tapers from 8 feet near the body of the violin down to 6 feet at the end, a fitting size for the 81,270 sq. ft. backyard. Bottom left Although the violin strings are represented with black tiles, for a dramatic effect at night they are interlaced with 5,760 fiber optic strands and wired to 40 illuminators. Bottom right The perimeter of the pool is lit with 350-feet of hidden fiber optic rope lighting, which runs through 36 conduits and is woven through the joints of the glass tile.

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