Category Archives: Pools

Blade Yacht


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Overview: A totally unique superyacht, with panoramic windows, shell doors, in-out swimming pool. This yacht has a generous pool, extended at the infinity end by a decorative waterfall and equipped with a current generator. There is the option of a rising pool floor to extend available deck for banquets and parties.

The dining room caters for up to 20 guests in banquet configuration. Additionally, there is a smaller dining area catering for up to 12 guests, and set-up to double as a conference area. Both these facilities are available at the main deck adjacent to a dedicated library and writing room/IT room.

The yacht is equipped with a variety of offices, including a ship’s office, owner office, guest writing room and adjoining secretary’s room, ship’s office communications and navigation, staff office, etc.

There is a dedicated cinema room which can convert to an additional private saloon.

In addition to a spectacularly large guest gymnasium surrounding the glass walls of the transparent pool sides, there are steam room, sauna, massage, hair and nail and medical facilities, as well as “his and hers” changing areas. Further, there is a dedicated crew gymnasium.

There is a helipad facility at the foredeck.

The yacht has a total of 11 double guest cabins, so potentially can cater for up to 22 guests. The owner’s cabin is sited in an exclusive owner’s deck, and enjoys his and hers changing rooms and bathrooms, as well as a private owner’s lounge. There is also a spectacular full beam VIP cabin with his and hers changing rooms and bathrooms. Six of the guest cabins can be consolidated, such that rather than just a cabin with attached ensuite bathroom, they would also end up with an integral private saloon and additional his or hers ensuite bathroom. All other guest cabins also have generous ensuite bathrooms. Additionally, there are 14 double crew cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, catering for up to 28 crew.

In addition to the pool, there is a spectacular hot tub/Jacuzzi at the owner’s deck, as well as a further Jacuzzi within the VIP quarters.

This quite unique yacht was conceived by Ken Freivokh Design in response to an enquiry from Dunya Yachts with the stated intent of achieving the optimum layout and facilities possible at the size whilst retaining a strong and bold appearance quite distinct from the current crop of more conventional yachts in the 85 to 95m bracket.

The purposeful look is a direct result of developing large panoramic glass on key internal spaces, to achieve a powerful balance between the steel structure and the transparency of the glazed curtain walls and bulwarks.

The yacht has been conceived to truly open to the sea – key real estate areas at the lower decks are devoted to the enjoyment of the water, garaging of an amazing collection of tenders and toys, large expanses of beach and gym facilities which open on all sides with shell doors creating extended bathing platforms – all surrounding an all glass swimming pool spanning two decks.

Whilst handsome guest facilities have been created to offer a wide variety of saloons, conference areas, office and IT dedicated areas, secretarial facilities and entertainment and sport areas over two decks, the higher decks provide a number of more private saloons and finally, the owners enjoy a 100% private top deck, with 360 degree views all round. The owners stateroom is completely private, enjoying forward and side views, whilst the associated owner and family saloon opens to a private deck aft. A further saloon can be accessed at bridge deck level.
In addition to 13m and 10m Pascoe limousine tenders, there is also provision for a Pascoe 7.5m tender and 6.2m rescue and utility tender, in addition to garaging for jetskis and other water toys. The transport facilities are further enhanced by a helipad forward and more than 50m of docking facilities which make this unique yacht a great entertainment and partying platform.
Technically, the yacht is a veritable tour de force, with dedicated computer and monitoring areas, and the efficient propulsion package provides excellent speed and range, further enhance by the extended waterline length extended by the elegant and purposeful plumb bow.

Designer: Dunya Yachts & Ken Freivokh Design

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Mar de Luiz Mansion


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Overview:  The house is situated near the National Park of Paracas in Peru. It was built with two floors and a total area of 778 square meters. It has a front yard that’s exposed to the strong winds of the coast so the designers created an additional courtyard for the outdoor activities.

The courtyard and the swimming pool divide the mansion into two units. One contains the living area with the terrace, the dining room and the kitchen and the second unit is composed of the guest room, laundry room and the garage. These two zones can act as both separate units and as a whole.

The living and dining area has glass walls on two sides, with views of the sea on one side and views of the rest of the house on the other.

At the other end of the room is a sitting area. A modern white sofa and a daybed complemented by two lounge chairs are organized around a minimalist and robust coffee table. A stylish side table with hairpin legs and a really unique wooden top accompanies the whole arrangement.

From the living area you can see the courtyard and the outdoor sitting area. An L-shaped sectional and a square coffee table sit under a canopy supported by a really cool and sculptural element.

Designer:  Oscar Gonzales Moix

Modern Vineyard House


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Overview: The 20-acre plot occupied by the Retrospect Vineyards is located in Windsor, California and it produces pinot noir grapes for the nearby wineries.The building was intended to serve as a vacation home so it had to be easy to live with. The architects applied all the major concepts that define their practice. They paid attention to the way that the building relates to the land and the surroundings, they designed it with open plans both vertically and horizontally and they made sure there’s a smooth continuation between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Designer: Swatt Miers Architects