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Okeanos Eliminates the Need for Chlorine in Swimming Pools

Posted by on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Natural Swimming Pool

Natural pool with nearby water garden — Image source: Swimming-teich.com

“Expect poison from the standing water.”

William Blake, my all time favorite poet, said that. He meant that much more in the metaphorical sense — nothing good comes from inaction. Today, I’m going to take it in the literal sense. If you let a body of water sit on its own for long enough, it’s bound to become teeming with microorganisms. You see, humans aren’t the only creatures that love water. Germs, parasites, and other microorganisms simply adore standing water.

So, we do our best to keep our swimming pools clean by dumping chlorine into the water, which acts as a very mild poison. It’s toxic to tiny creatures that live in the water, and it can even be harmful to children, causing health problems such as asthma.

Natural Swimming Pool

Two kids at a natural swimming pool — Image source: Swimuniversity.com

So pool owners everywhere are done worrying about the potential health risks, not to mention that unpleasant chlorine smell. They’re throwing out the chlorine with the bathwater (so to speak) by seeking alternatives to chlorine.

We discussed natural swimming pools a few days ago. These chlorine-free pools combine the beauty of natural ponds with the functionality of swimming pools. The big problem, however, is that natural pools can become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. I don’t care how eco-friendly you are — nobody likes swimming in a dirty pond.

Another alternative that is often proposed is simply adding salt to the water.  The saline movement is gaining popularity, but even this is not a natural solution. Chlorine is a natural byproduct of salt, so you will not be fully eliminating the presence of chlorine in the water, meaning the health risks involved with chlorine use will still be present.

But wait! There’s actually a third alternative. Here at Okeanos Group Aquascaping, we performed a little experiment with a modified aquarium filter to see how clean we could make the water. Here are the results:

It looks like a normal swimming pool, doesn’t it? We didn’t use one single drop of sterilizing chemicals to get that crystal-clear water. Instead, we relied entirely on a customized, state-of-the-art aquarium filtration system to remove any impurities.

But don’t take our word for it. QC Laboratories, a company that specializes in scientifically analyzing trace chemicals, tested the water and concluded that it was the cleanest filtered water they’d ever encountered. In fact, it passed regulatory standards by leaps and bounds.

Filtered swimming pool

The filtered swimming pool from Okeanos.

This experiment opens up a whole world of possibilities for luxurious natural swimming pools. A lot of people out there wouldn’t even begin to entertain the idea of a natural swimming pool because they’re afraid of germs, or because they want the crystal-clear waters that (they believe) only chlorine-based pools can offer.

However, this water filter allows you to get the best of both worlds: the clean, sterile swimming conditions of a chlorine-based pool, with the organic beauty of a natural swimming pool. The water will be perfectly crystal clear at all times. And while it’s best to create your natural swimming pool indoors, it can also be built outdoors, and still remain clean.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool with custom aquarium filter.

So, you might want to rethink your backyard. You could do what everybody else does and install a concrete swimming pool… OR you could impress all of your friends and family by installing a stunning, one-of-a-kind, natural swimming pool.  It’s almost like swimming in your own giant aquarium!


Can Luxury Aquariums Double as Natural Swimming Pools?

Posted by on Friday, November 15th, 2013

Natural Swimming Pool

Image source: Inhabitat.com

How would you like to swim with the fishes? No, I don’t mean in the “killed by the mafia” sense of the phrase — I mean literally swim alongside fish. Some squeamish folk may not be keen on the idea, but others adore the idea of a natural, beautiful aquascape that is both an art piece and a swimming pool. But is such a thing even possible?

Pond swimming pool hybrid

Image from pondlady.blogspot.com

Continue reading…


Be Inspired by This Whimsical, Seuss-Like Water Park As Envisioned by JDS Architects

Posted by on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Seussical Water Park

Image source: Jdsa.eu

What would it look like if Theodor Seuss Geisel (you may know him as Dr. Seuss) had gone into architecture instead of children’s books? It’s hard to say for sure, but I imagine that his design for a public water park would look a little bit like this: Continue reading…


Japan’s Olympic Aquatic Center Design May Fall Flat

Posted by on Monday, September 16th, 2013

Japanese Olympic Swimmers

Image source: Abc.net

In case you haven’t already heard (which seems unlikely, considering all of the press it got) Japan won the bid to host the Olympic Games in 2020. Obviously, Japan has some pretty big shoes to fill. Beijing set the bar with their iconic Beijing Water Cube, the gorgeous Bird’s Nest Stadium, and an opening ceremony that likely won’t be topped anytime soon. London’s display was pretty impressive, but it was a far cry from the architectural marvels in Beijing. Will Japan be able to one-up its neighbor to the west? Continue reading…


5 Beautiful Alternatives to a Backyard Swimming Pool

Posted by on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Backyard Pond

Image source: Serenityhealth.com

I have a love-hate relationship with swimming pools. On the one hand, swimming pools are just plain fun. On the other hand, I kind of feel like people don’t really put a lot of thought into swimming pools. I mean, swimming pools are so popular that for a lot people they are the default solution for backyard entertainment. “What should we put in our backyard? Let’s just throw in a pool!” Continue reading…


Creating a River-Shaped Swimming Pool

Posted by on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Image source: Thelondon2012.com

Humans and Mother Nature take dramatically different approaches to design. Humans love right angles, squares, and perfect circles. Mother Nature prefers… well, it prefers everything other than right angles and perfect shapes. Continue reading…


Invoking Your Religious and Cultural Heritage with Aquatic Architecture

Posted by on Friday, August 9th, 2013


Image source: Theculturetrip.com

What is the meaning of a fountain? What is the symbolic significance of a swimming pool? Continue reading…


China Goes BIG with New Century Global Center’s Indoor Beach

Posted by on Friday, July 19th, 2013

New Century Global Center

Image source: Inhabitat.com

China has a reputation for being big. It’s the third largest country in the world (assuming that we exclude Antarctica), it has the largest population of any country by far, and it now officially has the world’s biggest building. Behold the New Century Global Center, a building so incredibly massive that it has its own indoor beach. Continue reading…


When it Comes to Aquariums, How Big is Too Big?

Posted by on Monday, June 10th, 2013

Large Freshwater Aquarium

Image source: Mollyguppy.blogspot.com

One of the best things about having a custom aquarium is how awe-inspiring they are. A beautiful aquarium is a show-stopper — people will eagerly crowd around an aquarium as they take in all of the gorgeous little details. Continue reading…


When Bigger is Better: Massive, Room-Sized Aquariums

Posted by on Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Massive Outdoor Pool and Aquarium

Image source: Okeanosgroup.com

You know what they say: go big or go home. Public aquariums follow this motto with gigantic aquariums that are often larger than entire apartments. Typically, the only way to experience that kind of larger-than-life aquascape is to strap on scuba gear or hand over $20 at your local aquarium. Continue reading…