In December 2004, WaterShapes introduced ‘The Platinum Standard,’ a registry of projects that embodies watershaping at its finest. Now, as part of our celebration of the magazine’s 100th Issue, Eric Herman offers ‘The Platinum Standard II,’ a fresh set of 20 projects that have graced the pages of the magazine in the past three-and-a-half years – projects that demonstrate clearly that watershaping has become an art form in its own right.
Rose Landscape Design
Pure Water Pools
Costa Mesa, Calif
The clients for this project – visionary patrons of the arts who had a desire to put some favorite pieces on display – were looking for a body of water that would let them make a dramatic sculptural statement. Designer Stephanie Rose and builder Randy Beard stepped up to the challenge, collaborating to devise an ingenious trapezoidal reflecting pool that captures a dazzling steel sculpture on its mirror surface while also offering bathers all the comforts of a long, artfully concealed spa.