Skipping a flat stone throughout a summer season pond is a childhood ceremony of passage: a rock rigorously flung, bouncing off the water’s floor, in a magical second of levitation. For AD100 fixture Steven Harris, it additionally impressed an architectural fantasia on oceanside acreage within the Hamptons.
Half sculpture, half retreat, half flight of fancy, the pool pavilion that Harris conceived for a New York Metropolis couple is tucked beneath a sinuous cover that holds some 5 inches of rain-replenished water—not for splashing thoughts you, only for impact. “It is without doubt one of the most heroically engineered issues you possibly can think about,” Harris says of the airborne creation, which he describes as a “flying reflecting pool” and which incorporates a kitchenette and storage space in its base. The superstructure shouldn’t be not like a ship, by way of development, with an undercarriage of metal ribs that’s encased in wooden planking after which sheathed in weather-resistant plaster stucco end. Harris compares its free-form silhouette, in addition to the equally shapely limestone terrace round it, to the undulating motifs of the late, nice Brazilian panorama architect Roberto Burle Marx. “He had this potential to make natural varieties that have been abstracted structure.” As for the precise swimming pool, which the flying oasis partially shades, its water is exactly calibrated in order that it’s degree with the encircling terrace. Harris calls it “a feat in itself.”