On The Shore On The shore — 11 July 2014
The race to build splashiest ultra-luxe pools

By Robyn A. Friedman

Is it extraordinary water delights that fire your desire for ultra-luxury condominium living? Then you’ve come to the right place. As the South Florida market heats up, developers are finding creative ways to attract affluent buyers who want to cool down and relax, including everything from two-story rooftop aquatic centers to personal plunge pools on the terrace of your unit.

“The concepts used by interior designers to create exclusive and unique living environments are now being used to create innovative outdoor ‘wow’ experiences for owners and their guests,” says Jack Manilla, a member of the board of directors of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals.

This is necessary, he says, to appeal to “new generations who live upper-income lifestyles and seek accompanying environments that reflect their personal tastes.” Some examples of exceptional pools in projects now under development:

One Thousand Museum. Designed by Zaha Hadid, whose iconic buildings include the London Olympic Aquatic Center, this project in downtown Miami has a rooftop aquatic center that features a two-story infinity pool with an iridescent glazed, diamond-cut ceiling. There are two additional pools as well: one on the building’s “Sun and Swim Terrace” and a private pool in a penthouse listed at $45 million.

The Bath Club Estates. Each of the 13 units at this project in Miami Beach has its own plunge pool on the terrace. Residents also have use of two beachfront pools, each with private cabanas.

Jade Signature. The 25-meter lap pool on the south side of this tower in Sunny Isles Beach offers maximum sun exposure. Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Herzog & de Meuron did a 365-day sun study to ensure that the lap pool was in a location that gave full-day sun exposure.

The Mansions at Acqualina. The 18,000-square-foot Palazzo di Ricchezze penthouse at this Sunny Isles Beach project will have two indoor swimming pools (not to mention six bedrooms, eight-and-one-half baths, two fireplaces, wine gallery, billiard room, theater terrace, private glass-enclosed elevator and a price tag of $50 million).

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