For those of us enjoying the 30 degrees weather that is currently nestling itself around our necks, take a refreshing look at this summer escape. The brief to Madderlake Designs for this Long Island Pool was for a lap pool for the adults, a wading area for the grandchildren and for the whole feature to be completely hidden from the house.
“All they wanted to see was waving grasses,” said Tom Pritchard, a partner in Madderlake, which started out in 1971 as an elegant plant store with an architectural practice on the side, and which is now a thriving architecture and landscape design firm, with projects from Connecticut to Colorado. “We were trying to take a near landscape and connect it to the far landscape,” Pritchard said. That “far landscape” — of dunes, grasses and flowers like rosa rugosa — provided the perfect means of concealing the pool from view. Or, rather, pools: the 50-foot-long lap pool abuts the undulating wading pool, with its islands of grasses and plants. A weathered boardwalk leads beyond the pool, where it winds its way through the dunes. And around the pool, a sturdy, code-compliant version of the ubiquitous dune fencing creates a subtle but effective safety fence.
The landscape has had plenty of time to mature under the watchful eye of Judy Goldsmith, who is an avid gardener and flower arranger. The pool is obviously man-made, yet it looks as if it had been carved gently out of its beachy setting. “We think of landscape in terms of nature,” Pritchard said. “How do we build a stronger version of it?”
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