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This pool site sits at the top of a knoll overlooking the Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey. The "teardrop" curve of the outer pool edge mimics the edge of the knoll so that when one is swimming in the pool the effect of the infinity edge is such that the water appears to disappear into the valley below. It is an enormous body of water, 100 feet from end to end, with a hot spa at the pointed end of the curve. The paving and coping stones are all Indian "Jade" slate, with an "ipe" wood deck located back upon the hillside to allow viewing over the pool body. Care was taken to protect the existing oak trees (the wall foundations actually cantilever over the root system), particularly the one shading the spa, so that the foliage would enhance the effect of the pool being inserted into the edge of the hillside. The trees also screen the pool from the house, thereby reducing noise and creating a greater sense of privacy.

Napa Valley, CA | 2001


Marc Benioff

LD Team

Michelle Kriebel

Project Team

Praxis Construction

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Cesar Rubio