Designed by Jeremy Cole, Humphreys Landscaping
From the landscape designer:
This Orewa clifftop property had a simple – but in terms of engineering extremely complex – brief.
The owners wanted a pool, and one that could be seen from the beach.
The owner's request for the pool is not uncommon, a show stopping landscape is also to be expected, but to do this on an unstable cliff at a scale not usually seen presented many challenges.
Over 18 months, more than 95 people from 42 various companies helped make this challenge a reality.
The 12x5m pool sits on piles drilled deep into the cliff to support its 90,000L capacity.
The clean lines of the cantilevered pergola look simple in design but are built to withstand constant coastal winds.
In all, we saw the removal of 350m³ of wet, heavy clay, pumped in more than 200m³ of concrete and tied more than 16 tonnes of steel to support the hidden structure to reveal a landscape that elegantly flows from the house.
All of this was built at the height of the Covid pandemic and with less than 1.8m of access down the side of the house.