Jellyfish house @ Marbella, Spain

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It might look like we switched to being a ‘cool pools’ blog, but it’s not the case. Although the fact that this house was built from concrete is a perfect excuse to show you one REALLY cool pool.

If I pictured a perfect vacation on the south shore of Spain, it would probably take place in a house like this. The Jellyfish House was designed in the name of luxury – smooth concrete surfaces everywhere, a steam room and a sauna, a glass elevator, a rooftop terrace and most importantly: a swimming pool with glass floor so you can feel like you are walking in a super luxury aquarium wherever you are in the house.

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The designers at Wiel Arets Architects made sure the presence of water and sun is never forgotten in the house. Counting on the Spanish sunshine as a permanent factor, they designed everything according to it: as it shines through the mass of water in the pool, it projects ripples of light onto the surfaces below.

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Wherever water is not visually present, the light turqoise glass wall panels and the doors offer a fine substitute. The smooth reflections, the water-filtered sunlight and the pale grey concrete structures give the sensation of floating, and so does the spatial distribution of the house.

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According to the perfectly composed words of the architects: “As most of its facades can be opened and as its staircases are mainly outdoor, the house’s ever shifting boundaries between inside and outside are curiously blurred.”

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All photos © Jan Bitter.

Going through the photos of this amazingly cool house, I can almost see a movie being filmed between the walls. Oh, if only Francois Ozon thought about that…

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