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.
Aquart J. Roca Disseny
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Without question, this pool with its 180-foot-long vanishing edge is among the most beautiful residential projects ever covered in WaterShapes.
Designer/builder Joan Roca executed it atop a rugged hillside in the wilds of Costa Rica, integrating it into the home’s daring structure and design with dark, glass-tile mosaics that embrace sky, sea, landscape and architecture in a composition of searing beauty and precision. It is, simply put, the stuff of dreams and, literally, a towering achievement.