Looking for a surface material as unique as the resort itself, the designers of Jade Mountain turned to David Knox of Lightstreams to create completely original tile products for use in the structure's 25 vanishing-edge pools, with each one to have its own unique colors and optical qualities. Here, Knox describes the process of deploying glass tiles throughout one of the world's most unique and extensive watershape environments.
This article, originally published in April 2007, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Setting the Skimmer
Proper installation of a skimmer is crucial to the success of most pond projects, both hydraulically and aesthetically. As Eric Triplett demonstrates in detail in this video, getting this step in the process right is all about good planning -- and plenty of precision on the job site. [more]
Working Multi-Year Relationships
For Dan Lenz, completing a watershaping project is often just the beginning of a long-term relationship with his clients -- one that will, if he handles things properly, carry him back into homeowners' yards for periodic updates, upgrades and even major renovations. [more]
When the soil expands under a concrete pool deck, the pressure can turn the finest slab work into an unsightly clash of cracked planes and angles. There are ways to overcome this expansiveness, says Ron Lacher, but first you need to know what you're up against. [more]
The approach of Thanksgiving and November's national pool show has Jim McCloskey thinking about turkey and family fun -- and about the changing state of the art with WaterShapes as it moves into the future with all sorts of new items on the agenda. [more]
Fallingwater -- Frank Lloyd Wright's sublime interweaving of architecture, forest and water -- is one of the world's most photographed and studied residences. It's also a favorite travel stop for David Tisherman, who marvels at a grandeur that has never been matched. [more]
Now at WaterShapes.com . . .
While supplies last, you can purchase one of 6 available complete, mint-condition, 131-issue sets of WaterShapes, a print publication that set the tone for development of the art and craft of watershaping from February 1999 until July 2011. For ordering information, click here!
You need to take care in selecting plants, advised Stephanie Rose ten years ago in her Natural Companions column, because making the wrong choice might lead you on 'invasive' adventures. [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Ugh! Video of Blood-and-Guts Food Fight in a Swimming Pool
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. In honor of Halloween, London-based mobile network giffgaff produced a gory, campy video with 150 people hurling fake blood and internal organs at one another, all at the bottom of an empty swimming pool. The disgusting video images are accompanied by "Walk of Shame" by American rock duo __________.
a. Deap Vally b. Deap Cavrn c. Deap Oshin d. Deap Rivr
2. The opera company of one major U.S. city recently mounted a production of "Orpheus & Eurydice" at a local natatorium, with the facility's lap pool standing in for the River Styx. In what city did the watery production appear?
a. New York b. San Francisco c. Miami d. Chicago.
3. A structure that claims to be "the world's biggest building" has opened in a large Chinese city; it is reportedly three times bigger than the Pentagon and includes, among many other facilities, a waterpark. Where is the mega structure located?
a. Beijing b. Shanghai c. Chengdu d. Guangzhou To find out how many you got right, click here.
WaterShapes World (blog)
As familiar as water may be, there are so many things about it most don't know -- or choose not to consider. But it's a fact, says Eric Herman: The world of water is full of fascinating factoids that can surprise, captivate, terrify and inspire even the most conscientious users of H20.