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A Lap Pool for Floating Above it All in Canada

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To be able to float through a space is surely a new way to experience architectural space.

This overhead pool offers the next best thing; water is suspended above the entrance to a home.

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The dappled light cast by the water plays across the walls for a skylit entrance with a difference from Patkau Architects.

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From the rooftop terrace, the utmost in serene views leads the spirit out across the north shore of the bay.

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The Shaw house is located across English Bay from downtown Vancouver.

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A skylight window below its incredible lap pool brings light deep into the central space.

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The almost magical light is transmitted through a glass bottom to the pool.

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The house is in an area of high seismic risk, so the structure must be strong enough to contain the significant lateral movement due to the weight of the water.

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The entire house is built for the weight, in reinforced concrete.

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Because the house is on such a narrow lot, generous ceiling heights are used to create a sense of space.

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The living spaces and kitchen are at grade, a music room is below, and upstairs is the master bedroom, a study, and the lap pool.

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The entrance is directly under the pool which cantilevers out along the side of the house.

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A subdued palette is restricted to soft shades of grey concrete which is mixed with cements in various lighter whites.

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The pool runs along the entire west side of this very unique house.

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