Behind the Edge of a Vanishing Edge Pool

Have you ever wondered what it looks like behind the edge of a vanishing edge pool? In today’s post I’ll take you behind the scenes to show you the secrets of vanishing edge pools.

A vanishing edge pool, sometimes called an infinity pool, is know for creating the illusion that the water extends over the horizon or vanishes into “infinity”. How is that effect created, you ask? A weir is located below the water  level of the pool and a catch basin is constructed below the weir to catch the water and pump it back into the pool.

While seeming new, the vanishing edge effect dates back to the early 1600s when the technique was first created for the Stag Fountain at the Palace of Versailles in France.

Here is a picture of a vanishing edge pool from the angle  that we typically see it.

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And now for the big reveal! The photo below shows the weir and the catch basin.

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Check out the gallery for more examples of  the vanishing edge pools that we have created at Pure Water Pools.




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