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An idyllic city garden with living pool

The existing property was extended with an annex. This newly created living area is directly connected to the existing house by a glass corridor. The large windows and glass sliding doors create a smooth transition between the living space and the garden. Intelligent solutions such as a controllable sun deck and a floor made of wood instead of stone ensure natural and sustainable cooling of the atrium.

The surrounding planting brings a natural flair to the urban garden. At the same time, the individual trees serve not only as space designers, but also as privacy screens. The planting was planned to create a new sense of space in the garden with plenty of privacy, while at the same time the specimen trees and trellises screen the view from outside.

The atrium is also equipped with a sauna. Thus, after the sauna session, the pool can also be used as a cooling during the colder season.

Harmonious interaction between architecture and nature

Between the atrium and the old building, much of the family's life now takes place. The designation "open-air living room" could not be more appropriate. The new roofing, whose sunshades can be retracted and extended, creates a protected outdoor space. On particularly hot days, outdoor curtains can also be closed around the atrium to provide pleasant shade. The built-in fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere, while at the same time contributing to the overall appearance with its elegance.

The connection between nature and architecture was also skillfully staged in the corner of the new extension. The probably otherwise rather unused area was extended with a Japanese mock camellia (see planting list below), which grows through the open ceiling into the sky.

Acoustically, the three poolside gargoyles provide a natural flair. These keep the water surface in motion, so that a wonderful shadow play is reflected in the pool. The applied Living Pool technology does not need any chemicals and cleans the water naturally and sustainably with a biofilter.

The city garden before and after the redesign

The generous area of the garden was previously little divided. A large green lawn, some shrubs and a fir tree did not create any visual relationships or spaces. In this project, the design of the outdoor space was planned together with the architect of the extension, so that a very coherent harmony between garden and living space was created. All the elements were coordinated and fit together to create a great outdoor space. The rustic sandstone wall by the pool reflects the architecture of the house facade, so that old and new merge into each other.

The city garden in autumn

Lighting concept for the city garden

When the sun disappears on the horizon, the mood in the garden is transformed. Small lights in the pool keep the water shimmering. The tree crown, which grows through the atrium, is illuminated by three spotlights and turns into a beautiful, natural sculpture.

Through the large windows, the interior lighting simultaneously illuminates the grasses behind the atrium. In addition to the unique view and natural environment, this play of light also provides the extension of the space to the outside.

The lounge and dining area under the sheltered canopy are illuminated by the lights. The modern fireplace in the center of the atrium also creates a very special atmosphere in the evening.

The garden from the idea to the redesign to the finished pool paradise

How the garden has changed, you can see from this picture gallery.

Planting list


  • Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese false camellia
  • Liquidambar styraciflua amber tree espalier form
  • Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra' Blood plum
  • Magnolia 'Ricki' Magnolia


  • Hydrangea paniculata 'Silver Dollar' panicle hydrangea
  • Hydrangea paniculata 'Bobo' panicle hydrangea

Perennials and grasses

  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Silver Feather' Chinese reed
  • Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hamelin' lampbush grass
  • Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' lampbush grass
  • Cimicifuca japonica var acerina dwarf silver primrose
  • Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' Large Flowered Fairy Flower
  • Vinca minor 'Alba' White periwinkle


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