Indoor Illusion - Manotick, Ontario

Indoor Illusion

Manotick, ON

An aquatic masterpiece that blurs the line between interior & exterior.

The Vision

Located along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, this indoor pool was an integral design feature of a newly constructed residence. As outdoor pools typically offer a shorter season, the homeowners opted for an indoor pool that would allow them year-round enjoyment. As a result, the task at hand was incorporating the openness of an outdoor pool with the convenience of an indoor design.

The Design

The home’s Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design, along with its many luxurious refinements, was created by Malcolm Wildeboer, an architect with Vandenberg & Wildeboer. Roger Willis was enlisted to design and construct the pool.

Working together, they took a unique approach to create the 5.5 x 11.1m (18 x 36.5ft) custom concrete pool and its surrounding structure. The structure incorporates large floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open on all sides, wall-to-wall, to create an open concept connection between the pool area and exterior landscaped patios.

DC Snelling Ltd., of Prescott, Ont., was the builder of the home and provided fluid project management. The pool was an integral part of the design and was built in tandem with the home.


Gold Award

Gold Award

Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada’s (PHTCC’s) 2017 Design & Construction Awards

2018 Award of Excellence

2018 Award of Excellence

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Casey Van Maris Award

Casey Van Maris Award

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Key Design Elements

Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Doors

The open concept provided by the glass doors, which can be opened on all sides, makes the feeling of being outdoors always present. To further extend this transition, glass skylights were installed above the pool, nestled between large laminated wood beams that support the building.

Vanishing-Edge Pool

A vanishing edge was used on the pool to produce the illusion of the pool seamlessly merging with the adjacent body of water. A sleek perimeter-overflow hot tub, lined with thousands of 51 x 51mm (2 x 2in) iridescent glass tiles, complements the pool. The same tile is used along the pool’s waterline, edge and step markers. The deck and perimeter pool coping are finished with large limestone slabs to coordinate with other interior and exterior features.

Energy Efficiency

The pool shell was completely insulated to make the project more sustainable and energy-efficient. State-of-the-art equipment such as variable-speed pumps (VSPs) with built-in timers, an automation system, LED colour lighting, and an automatic cover were installed. Two high-velocity swim jets allow for stationary swimming and aquatic exercise.

Limitless possibilities await.

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