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  • Address: 48 Church Street, Hawthorn
  • Phone: (03) 9855 1950
  • Fax: 03 98551951

UNIQUE AND CONTEMPORARY

WORKING WITH NATURE

The shape of this stunning Camberwell pool was inspired by the need to retain two existing trees in the rear garden that were protected under council regulations. This resulted in a unique and interesting shape that does not compromise the natural surroundings.

Within the pool, stunning Bisazza glass-mosaic tiles have been applied as a feature across the rear wall, which is the most visible from the surrounding garden. Ceramic tiles have been used to line the remainder of the pool’s interior, which provide a beautiful contrast and cost-effective finishing solution.

The contemporary curve of this pool design has transferred to the rest of the garden area and helped to separate the pool deck, garden beds, alfresco roof and barbecue benchtop mirror. The frameless glass fencing also incorporates custom-made curved sections that are fixed to the side of the floating insitu concrete pool deck.

Elegant planting separates the contemporary alfresco dining space from the raised pool terrace and soothing water trickles down a rough-textured, black granite water-wall at the rear of the pool. This striking water feature lights up at night and acts as a screen wall to cover the pool equipment beyond; helping to maximise the amount of space in a small garden.

The alfresco includes insitu concrete paving and a curved roof structure with down-lighting for evening dining. For entertaining guests, the design combines a cantilevered benchtop with built-in timber cabinetry and a stainless steel sink, barbecue and fridge.

Although some challenges were encountered, including tight access to the pool location, the team at Out From The Blue overcame the hurdle by temporarily removing the door and window of the laundry, allowing equipment to move easily through. To deal with the complexity of soil removal, a mini-bobcat and 1.5 tonne excavator were used to dig the soil, which was then removed to the front of the property via a conveyor belt.

Out From The Blue was established in 1995 by Gary Kilworth, who had a vision to seamlessly integrate contemporary landscape design with high-quality construction of concrete swimming pools.

Based in Melbourne, Out From The Blue has grown to comprise a team of landscape architects and in-house pool builders who work closely on each project to create highly individual, imaginative and exciting landscape outcomes.

The level of detailing in this project and the integration between house and pool showcases Out From The Blue’s ability to design and construct highly complex and innovative swimming pools and landscapes. This is why Out From The Blue has received more than 55 awards from the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) since 1995. This includes the project featured here, which won gold at the 2015 SPASA Victoria and the 2015 SPASA National Awards of Excellence in the Best Concrete Swimming Pool Under $100,000 category.

 

Project 1

PARADISE FOUND

INNOVATIVE OUTDOOR LIVING

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Out from the Blue (OFTB) was established in 1995 by Gary Kilworth, who had a vision to seamlessly integrate contemporary landscape design with high-quality construction of concrete swimming pools. Based in Melbourne, OFTB has grown to comprise a team of landscape architects, horticulturists and in-house pool builders who work closely on each project to create highly individual, imaginative and exciting landscape outcomes.

Designed and constructed by OFTB landscape architects and swimming pool builders, this 20m lap pool with family area and spa is surrounded at one end by two architecturally-designed pool pavilions that provide shelter to the outdoor entertaining, built-in dining area and barbecue, daybed, kitchenette and bathroom.

The location of the swimming pool provides stunning views from the elevated interior living spaces of the house, however, the design of pool and landscape is best appreciated from the lower pool terrace and outdoor entertaining area. OFTB’s landscape architects have considered the level change between the house and pool, making sure that there are as many functional amenities as possible in the pool area, with convenience being an important item in the owners’ brief.

The outdoor entertaining area and the pavilions are the perfect extension of the house in both their look and feel. Entering the property, you get the feeling that these buildings have been there from the beginning.

While innovation is prevalent throughout the design, the pool in particular demonstrates innovation through a number of unique and original elements, some of which have been rarely seen before. Perhaps the most striking feature is the seamless use of porcelain tiling in the project and the way it wraps its way from the paving down to line the internal body of the pool and spa. The large-format grey porcelain tiles reflect the body of water in a serene teal colour,which is a stark contrast to commonly-seen mosaic ceramic pool tiles. The results are stunning.

On display is a minimal materials palette with a level of detailing that should not go unnoticed. The spotted gum timber dining table and barbecue bench bridge a 150mm level change, allowing the appropriate height for the homeowners to sit down and dine, while the barbecue bench end offers the perfect height to stand while cooking on the grill.

The use of the red Laminex cabinet doors against the greys of the porcelain tile works to provide warmth that otherwise might have been lost. The timber battening lining the walls and ceiling shows complete precision and craftsmanship. The depth that has been created in this detailing sets off these elements in their surroundings. In short, this project ticks all the boxes; function, style, innovation, originality and quality, while importantly blending in beautifully with the existing property.

The evolution of design at OFTB has increasingly seen the methods and materials from other design disciplines, such as furniture design, interior design, lighting and architecture, innovatively interpreted into a landscape context. In particular, this project pushes the boundaries in landscape architecture and encourages there consideration of where the landscape ends and architecture begins.

This property demonstrates that an entire project can be designed by the one office under the banner of landscape architecture. What is achieved is a seamless integration between all elements. Now one of inner Melbourne’s leading residential landscape architecture studios and swimming pool construction companies, the OFTB office is continually being recognised for its work. At the recent 2013 Swimming Pool & Spa Association (SPASA) awards, OFTB received nine awards, including Gold for Best Pool and Landscape Combination.

Project 2

A MASTERPIECE OF M INIMALISM

AWARD-WINNING ELEGANCE

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Out from the Blue (OFTB) was established in 1995 by Gary Kilworth, who had a vision to seamlessly integrate contemporary landscape design with high-quality construction of concrete swimming pools. Based in Melbourne, OFTB has grown to comprise a team of landscape architects, horticulturists and in-house pool builders who work closely on each project to create highly individual, imaginative and exciting landscape outcomes.

The design of this pool is extremely complementary to the space surrounding it. In particular, its finished reflective surface – a single continuous plane – resonates and responds beautifully with the minimalist design of the surrounding interior. The wet deck feature plays a fundamental role in achieving this result and is enhanced by the seamlessness of the porcelain tiles, used both inside and outside the pool.

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Set on the coastline of the Mornington Peninsula with views over Cape Schanck golf course and Bass Strait beyond, this 13m indoor lap pool is undeniably desirable due to its tremendous location. However it is the degree of difficulty in its construction that gives a sense of achievement for both the client and pool builder. The client was involved in the project from the beginning and was pleased to be able to collaborate with OFTB throughout the process. This has resulted in a high level of satisfaction for the client, who prizes this very special feature of their property.

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The internal fit-out of the pool building has been completed in soft white tones that bring a sense of calm to the space. The feeling of tranquillity when entering the area could be likened to the experience of walking into a day spa. What is particularly innovative about this lap pool is that it features a wet deck in combination with an automated pool cover. The in-floor mounted automated cover system unwinds vertically up the interior face of the pool and is deflected horizontally across the water’s surface at the press of a button. The result is that when the cover is retracted, the pool gives no hint that it has the ability to be covered when not in use.

The project features 1200mm x 600mm Basaltina Grigia porcelain tiles that line both the interior body of the pool and its surrounds. The pool was engineered and constructed with square corners to accommodate the large-format tiles, requiring precise rendering and tiling to be installed to full effect. The results achieved are of true minimalism and accentuate the clean reflective sheet of water, highlighting the pool’s wet deck beautifully.

The evolution of design at OFTB has increasingly seen the methods and materials from other design disciplines, such as furniture design, interior design, lighting and architecture, innovatively interpreted into a landscape context.

Now one of inner Melbourne’s leading residential landscape architecture studios and swimming pool construction companies, the OFTB office is continually being recognised for its work. At the 2013 Swimming pool & Spa Association (SPASA) awards, OFTB received nine awards, including a gold award for this project in the Best Innovative Pool or Spa category.