Shapes go largely unnoticed in our everyday lives, yet they have a significant role in our world. Unless we are focusing on a particular object, we usually go about our business giving little thought to whether we’re surrounded by circles, squares, diamonds or triangles. The shapes of the objects around us, however, create the environments we live in and impact how we view our world. As Biangio Pinna said, they form the “constancy” of our world and give properties their “uniqueness.”
If you’re designing a new swimming pool, this is one of the few times you are actively thinking about shape. The shape you ultimately settle on will continue to affect how it makes you, your family and your friends feel long after you’ve stopped consciously focusing on its specific design. Thankfully, polymer pools are available in a wide array of shapes, so you’ll be able to find one that will create the exact atmosphere you hope to create. Here’s a look at some of the available variations and how they might make people feel.
The Two Fundamental Shapes
Pinna identifies two fundamental shapes, although his paper focuses primarily on variations of one. He says the square was among the first man-made shapes, for it is not found in nature, and the circle, which occurs frequently in nature, is the other foundational shape.
When designing a pool, you’ll be working with either a modified form of one of these two shapes or an amalgamation of both.
Variations on the Square
Square swimming pools are common in residential properties, because they fit nicely within the dimensions of a backyard. A simple square swimming pool is basic and not very unique. Modifying a square can provide individuality, though, and make your pool different from your neighbors'. There are three main characteristics you might impart by altering a square design.
Some simple alterations will add a note of intrigue. For instance, you might:
- put a notch in each corner of the square
- replace each 90-degree corners with a short diagonal that creates two 45-degree angles
- round off each corner
You can introduce a sleek, and even sexy look, by elongating the square. Try:
- turning the square into a rectangle
- using a rectangle at a 45-degree angle in the yard
- pivoting the square so it becomes a diamond and making it narrower at the sides
For a sophisticated look, put a jog into your pool. You can:
- create a dogleg at one end
- use two rectangles to create an “L” shape
- put a jog in the middle so that the sides are not long, straight lines
Using circles to design a pool
When designing a circle-based pool, the most interesting shapes are created by combining two or three circles. There are a number of variations you might consider, but you’ll find they all draw on a few common ideas:
- using circles of different sizes
- putting circles off center
- taking notches out of circles’ sides
Compared to square-based variations, circles tend to create more whimsical patterns that can spark the imagination. Depending on the intricacy of your design and landscaping, a circle-based polymer pool could become a Wonderland of sorts where you can relax.
Once your polymer pool is installed, you’ll probably not give its shape much thought. Through its constancy and uniqueness, however, it will affect how you think about and use your pool. Consider whether you’re looking for an intriguing, sexy, sophisticated or relaxing design, or a combination of all of these, and select a pool design that suits your ideas. Lastly, be sure to touch base with the professionals, your local pool dealer will gladly help identify the size and shape to fit your landscape.