Swimming Pool - Basins - Contemporary gardens

Swimming pools - Pools - Maintenance - Planting - Lawns - Masonry - Surface treatments - Earthmoving - Watering - Garden furniture - Pots - Lighting

The house dates from the 1850s and stands at the centre of a vast plot that seems to be dominated by water. First of all there is Lake Geneva, which the property borders along about sixty metres; then there are springs in the north-west corner of the garden, irrigation channels, a pond that supplies others via an amazing series of locks, and finally an old swimming pool. The main pond has been kept in its natural state. One can walk around it on foot or cross, via a small footbridge, to a stone island on which a weeping willow and some irises have been planted. The swimming pool, on the other hand, which was no longer in use, has been transformed into another pond of a more contemporary design: a series of liquid mirrors, set into the grass like marquetry and crossed by granite-paved pathways flush with the surface of the water, gives access to the promontory at the edge of the garden, with its wonderful perspective on the lake.

Produced in collaboration with Jean-Lou Rivier, architect, Lausanne

Pictures : Thomas Hensinger, Geneva – Marina Denogent, Prangins