design et al are delighted to announce that Vickers Pools of the Southeast Inc. have been shortlisted for Residential Swimming Pool Award within The International Design and Architecture Awards 2017.
A Historic French Tudor home featuring a vanishing edge pool and elevated wet-edge perimeter overflow spa. Both water features wrapped in pure black granite, overlooking the historic Mountain Brook Golf and Country Club.
In 2015, Vickers Pools of the Southeast was commissioned to design and build a luxury water-shape for the owner, Jeff Smith. Jeff Smith, a successful entrepreneur purchased the Briarcliff Estate from one of the area’s leading financial professionals. Briarcliff was originally built in the early 1900s by another successful immigrant entrepreneur. Being one of the first homes in the area of its size, it has long been a historical jewel of the city. Plans were developed for its final design and ground was broken. Key goals were to provide the client with a visual gateway to the sunset vista while allowing ease of entry from the many rooms directly to the feature. The open arms shape of the pool reflects the elevated pool as it looks down onto the Mountain Brook Country Club. The reflected view of the next mountain to the west, captures The Vulcan Statue. A symbol of the “Magic City”, Vulcan was first erected in 1904 as Birmingham became a worldwide hub for iron ore extraction and steel fabrication. Placement and finish of the water feature were paramount in blending the home and pool together with The Vulcan.
The finishes chosen were kept simple in colour, black. This dark finish furthers the reflection of the vista and its backdrop. It focuses attention to the peaceful setting beyond the vanishing edge. The spa interior and raised exterior are wrapped in pure black granite as well as the pool waterline, seating, steps and vanishing edge detail. The pool and tanning ledge that surrounds the spa are finished in Black Pebble Fina. Sixteen underwater LED colour bullet lights remain hidden until illuminated. The designer’s favourite aspect of the Briarcliff Estate project is how the sunset appears over the vanishing edge. The design works well due to its symmetry and balance within the outside space. The pool opens itself up to the vista, the further away from the home it gets, maximising enjoyment of the edge detail mixed with its environment. Master craftsmen were used in all aspects of construction and design.