Summer is officially done for the year, but that still doesn’t do much to diminish our visions of sitting poolside. That fantasy actually doesn’t have an off-season, which is why we are still imagining how it must feel to go for a dip in this elevated outdoor swimming pool with a glass bottom—that’s suspended over another pool.
Located in a Portuguese Rivera mansion known as The Wall House, the pool is actually only half of the home’s main fun-in-the-sun attraction: It literally hangs above another pool that’s located on the home’s ground level. So, instead of glaring into a watery abyss, swimmers have a spectacular (and kind of scary, honestly) view of the large pool below.
The open-plan residence – dubbed The Wall House – is the creation of designers José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, and Marco Marinho of the firm Guede Cruz Arcquitectos, and its theme of transparency can be seen throughout its massive modern exterior and interior. The home’s concrete exterior walls feature wooden slats that can be adjusted to suit the homeowner’s privacy needs. In addition to the see-through pool, The Wall House features a huge glass wall that doubles as a window which opens windows open up to a spacious patio outfitted with a light hardwood floor that borders the ground level pool. Only a few steps past the perimeter of the patio area lie the remainder of the stunning 24,649-square-foot property and the edge of a surrounding golf course.
There are an awful lot of stunning features to take in at this dreamy property, but undoubtedly the glass bottom pool and its ground floor counterpart are the scene-stealers. As Dwell points out, the manner in which the pools are positioned – the upper level pool is perpendicular to the one below —creates a bridge-like visual that makes the design all the more breathtaking.