What is a Natural Swimming Pool
A natural swimming pool is a pool that can be used for bathing and is purified without the use of chemicals or UV rays. The water is treated and kept healthy only through biochemical and mechanical processes.
How it works
Water purification takes place through the synergistic action of plants, microorganisms and substrates. The filter consists of a planted submerged zone, adjacent to the tank, where the plants are rooted in the gravel. Here a biological patina (biofilm) is formed which is responsible for the elimination of nutrients and pollutants.
How to choose
We offer different solutions according to your needs. Click here for an overview of the types of pools.
Often it is also possible to build pools and ponds that do not require any technological components.
We like to include biopools within an integrated and ecological design of water management: for example by creating rainwater collection basins to be used to fill the pool, or by using watercourses or stagnations already present on site.
The spirit with which we create biopools is to recreate a balanced natural ecosystem in which you can immerse yourself and relax and feel part of it.
Despite what you might think, the water in a well-designed natural swimming pool is clear and odourless.
If well maintained and cared for, the natural swimming pool is a relaxing place to enjoy all year long, because the water mitigates temperatures and is a perfect place for the settlement of different plant and animal species, such as frogs, newts and small birds. It will be like creating a small habitat in your own garden.
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How to choose the shape
There are no limits in the choice of the shape of the natural swimming pool: from the more organic and natural to the more formal forms similar to conventional swimming pools. As an example we provide here three main models:
- Organic form: bathing and regeneration area with irregular curves, which recreate the appearance of a natural pond. The use of cement can be avoided. Suitable in areas with landscape restrictions.
- Hybrid form: regular bathing area and irregular regeneration zone. A mixture of tradition and nature. Also ideal for conversion from a conventional swimming pool to a natural swimming pool.
- Conventional form: regular bathing and regenerative area. For those who love tradition. Ideal for inclusion in formal architectural contexts. Also in this case, ideal for conversions of existing pools.
Advantages and disadvantages
Compared to a conventional swimming pool the natural swimming pool:
- does not use any kind of chemical product: the water is not toxic if ingested accidentally or irritating to eyes and skin;
- it should not be covered in winter and maintenance is limited to cleaning the bottom and checking the plants;
- can be left “alone” for long periods (e.g. for second homes);
- the technological system is very simple (only circulation pumps) and easy to maintain;
- thanks to the presence of aquatic plants the landscaping is very pleasant;
- it is an aquatic landscape, a place for rest and meditation in the garden, a living space for native flora and fauna, a rest and passage station for resident and migratory birds;
- it also contributes to improving the microclimate of the place.