Architecture

Glass and concrete vacation home has a pool for a roof

The Infinity House is just a concept for now and there's no immediate plans to build it
The Infinity House is just a concept for now and there's no immediate plans to build it
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The Infinity House's kitchen/dining area
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The Infinity House's kitchen/dining area
The Infinity House's bedroom
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The Infinity House's bedroom
The Infinity House's pool would be heated
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The Infinity House's pool would be heated
The lounge area in the Infinity House is dominated by a large bookcase with an integrated fireplace
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The lounge area in the Infinity House is dominated by a large bookcase with an integrated fireplace
The Infinity House is just a concept for now and there's no immediate plans to build it
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The Infinity House is just a concept for now and there's no immediate plans to build it
Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
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Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
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Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
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Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
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Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
Architectural drawing of the Infinity House
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Architectural drawing of the Infinity House

Rotterdam-based architect Vladimir Konovalov has unveiled an interesting concept for a vacation home named Infinity House. The luxury dwelling is a pool house in the literal sense and would consist of a simple concrete structure with very generous windows and a roof that's entirely taken up by an infinity pool.

Infinity House's design and the way it integrates a swimming pool into the home's structure brings to mind Villa Clessidra, by LAAV Architects. Like that project, there's also no immediate plans to build it, but Konovalov did tell us that he's had some private interest in making it happen.

It's conceived for a rural spot in Northern Norway and would comprise a total floorspace of 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft). The interior would include a lounge area with a bookcase that frames a small fireplace. The design also calls for a combined kitchen and dining room with fancy-looking minimalist units, and a single bedroom.

The bathroom would include a spiral staircase that leads up to the roof/pool, emerging onto a concrete platform. This sounds a lot more convenient than a more conventional exterior staircase as it would enable occupants to get ready in the bathroom, go upstairs for a swim and then quickly retreat indoors if the weather's cold.

The Infinity House's bedroom
The Infinity House's bedroom

On that note, the Infinity House's infinity pool itself would be heated and divided into two areas: one for swimming and another smaller one for resting. The idea is that you could relax and float while taking in the amazing scenery, perhaps even the Northern Lights under the right conditions, which sounds pretty appealing, actually.

"Northern Norway is a paradise for those, who prefer quite retreat in the solitude of wild nature rather than southern busy touristic places," explains Konovalov in a press release. "Infinity House was designed for this specific purpose. Located in the remote area, it is surrounded by harsh northern landscapes with panoramic views of mountains and Norwegian Sea. Simple monolithic concrete volume rises above the rocks. Raw materials create feeling of the connection with the surrounding landscape."

Source: Vladimir Konovalov

3 comments
Nik
Nice location, but, if it springs a leak, you could be in deep, er, water.
ezeflyer
I like it. It would keep the home cool in the summer and heat the pool in the winter if painted black. However the pool would have to be drained in winter to keep ice from forming, expanding and causing leaks.
J4rH43d
With an appropriate shape to the sides, any expansion from freezing can be accommodated without damage. There was a 70s design for a house in the desert with a small pool covering its roof. There was a retractable, insulated cover for it, too. In the summer, the pool would be covered during the hot day to keep from heating up and uncovered at night to soak in the cold night air. During the day, the cold water would be used to air-condition the house. In the winter, the pattern would be reversed. Solar heating during the day while uncovered and covering the pool at night. Various transparent covers may be included to fine-tune temperatures.