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Simple, sculptural forms – found in both the hard landscaping and planting – give this outdoor space a minimalist style


Combining strong, sculpted forms with structured planting is a technique often used in landscape design to reinforce the contemporary style of a house.

For example, the bold, linear look of this swimming pool mimics the clean lines of the minimalist home it is a part of.

Designed by architect Nicholas Stevens and constructed by Tranquility Pools, the rectangular pool sits level with a seed-based lawn.

With its white marble plaster, the pool creates the illusion of a mass of water receding into the grass. A square spa pool sits off to one side. Silver tiles accentuate the water line of both pools, the hint of grey a reference to the pools' simple, subdued colour scheme.

Chosen for their ease of application and aesthetic appeal, modular pavers were used to highlight the pool coping and surrounds. The pavers' wide dimensions and smooth surface enhance the pool's crisp, clean look and feel.


Concrete plastered walls partially enclose the swimming pool. Staggered in height, they emphasise the strong linear look of the house and landscaping.

Planting has been used to further accentuate the minimalist theme. Astelia with a border of buxus sprout from the trough-like planters that line the swimming pool. Six-metre high Nikau palms have been strategically placed to create a series of visual focal points.

Extensive drainage systems ensure the lawns retain their lush, manicured appearance.

First published date: 23 April 2004

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Credit List

Architect Nicholas Stevens (Auckland)
Landscape design/build Mike Jack, Natural Habitats
Pool construction Tranquility Pools
Pool interior finish Marble plaster from Eden Stone
Paving Mod Tezz Tile and Paving Company