A rooftop pool!

A rooftop pool!

The swimming pool on the tenth floor was designed by architect Gio Ponti specifically for the Neapolitan hotel. Putting it on the rooftop, Ponti wanted to create an ideal dialog between architecture and nature (with the Castel dell'Ovo to the south and the hill of Pizzofalcone to the north). Enclosed on three sides by low walls, this screens seem intended to isolate the whole space of roof from outside. The only view they leave open is the vista of the peninsula of Sorrento, as well, naturally, as a view of the sky, of infinity. As backdrop a singular view of the hill of Pizzofalcone to the Neo-Gothic of Villa Ebe by Lamont Young.The project was published on the cover of Domus 291 in 1954 with the titel: "A roof top pool". Its irregular form looked more like a pool on a patio than a swimming pool rigidly related to a geometry.

I hate rectangular pools.
Are lakes and rivers rectangular?
Gio Ponti


The seawater pool is surrounded by terrace, forming a solarium-gallery equipped with sunbeds, lounger and umbrellas. At the Pool Bar our guests can enjoy refreshing juices, cocktails and a variety of snacks.

swimming pool is paid admission,
limited capacity, and must be reserved when checking in

Pictures and texts source:
"Gio Ponti, La Committenza Fernandes" F. Mautone - Electa Napoli



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Royal Continental Hotel is on the seafront promenade in Naples, Italy.
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