Jellyfish house @ Marbella, Spain


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.



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.



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.




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.”



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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