In the Lap (Pool) of Luxury
Executing 3 daring design features in this ultra-modern Vail residence
For the design of this 9,000-square-foot marvel, the homeowners wanted to create a one-of-a-kind luxury home which maximized the size of the rooms, ceiling heights, views of the Gore Range and indoor/outdoor living—while minimizing interior columns and walls.
The result is a modern mountainside masterpiece that required exceptional collaboration and craftsmanship. From the subterranean spa to the cantilevered four-story staircase, there were endless design features that presented unique challenges—and required innovative solutions.
And the pièce de résistance? A full-length lap pool on the third-floor terrace, seemingly suspended in midair over the firepit patio and cascading hillside below.
Here are 3 daring design features that were ingeniously executed in this ultra-modern Vail residence.
The lower level of the home features an Italian-style grotto with a hot tub and cold plunge positioned beneath a linear waterfall. The room has an inviting cedar-lined sauna as well as a relaxing steam room.
For the installation, a crane was used to place custom spa units. The infrasture, walls, flooring and lighting had to be meticulously coordinated to create this resort-style spa—featuring an acoustically quiet design for peace and tranquility.
The home features four stacked stories built on a very steep site, so layout and control were paramount. The architectural focus in the main living area was to maintain the symmetrical lines from the great room through the hallway and to the master bedroom—with a long, glass-encased steel bridge.
The four-story open stairwell was built with a precision steel structure to support the cantilevered steps, transparent stainless steel walkways and the glass railings. Floating in the center of the stairwell is an elevator clad with dramatic, Premier EuroCase Reflekt high-gloss white/grey panels.
Suspended Lap Pool
A full-length lap pool on the third-floor terrace steals the show. Four transparent acrylic panels provide stunning views—two at the bottom of the pool to view the firepit below, one to separate the hot tub from the pool, and one at the edge to enjoy the mountain views of the Gore Range while submerged—with zero exposed fasteners.
The pool required intense coordination and attention to every detail in order to create a seemingly suspended structure three stories high. The stainless steel pool had to be flown in over the house in three segments. Heating, draining and power were also unique challenges that took 18 months of coordination to conquer.
ARCHITECTURE Berglund Architects BUILDER Shaeffer Hyde Construction INTERIOR DESIGN Interiors by Steven G LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Ceres + Landscape Architecture REAL ESTATE BROKER Alitza Vagenknechtova, Sotheby’s International Realty PHOTOGRAPHY Stovall Studio POOL DESIGN Colorado Pool and Spa, Diamond Spa
Bob Campbell is the Operations Director, Aspen at Shaeffer Hyde Construction, a luxury homebuilder, comprehensive general contracting, and construction management company based in the mountains of Colorado. View their profile or contact Bob at 970-845-5656.
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