The homeowner, former finance executive Jay Dweck already owns some rare violins — a Guarneri and a Stradivarius.. So why not add a pool to the collection?
Dweck, an MIT-trained engineer and former executive at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, is also an amateur violinist, who plays with the Mamaroneck-based St. Thomas Orchestra.
He is also on the board of The Perlman Music Program, run by Itzhak Perlman, which provides training and support to young and talented string players.
“I got the idea for the pool in a funny way,” Dweck told us in July. “I have been playing the violin since I was 8 and still am an amateur violinist. I also like lap swimming and I wanted a pool that was at least 80-90 feet, but Bedford has these restrictions about impervious structures and the pool was considered an impervious structure.”
Here’s how it looked under construction, before water went in:
Believe it or not, you can also kayak in the million-dollar pool. Dweck is also an avid kayaker so the contractor installed a river flow system in the pool which is capable of pumping 2,000 gallons of recirculated water each minute, mimicking a pretty swift current.
As for the Gold Award, here are the details, from Landscape Insider; photo from them, too:
“The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals awarded Bergen County, New Jersey’s Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping a gold award for its music-themed all glass tile & fiber-optic violin swimming pool design.
The 1,350 sq. ft. pool located in Beford, New York, was designed in the exact shape of a 1700s era Stradivarius violin, with all of its intricacies.
The pool interior is finished with nearly 500,000 individual pieces of iridescent glass tile, and the floor of the pool was designed with a four-way gradient pattern using Auto Cad.
The “chinrest” on this particular violin, is a 12-person perimeter overflow spa that is entirely finished in jet-black glass tiles. The “bow” of the violin intersects the pool at its neck, and is represented by two koi ponds.
The violin pool lights up after dark, primarily with custom fiber-optic and LED lighting. In fact, the “strings” of the violin pool are interwoven with 5,760 strands of fiber optics, doubling as lap lanes.
The pool also includes an automated control system, which gives the homeowner the ability to vary pool functions, such as temperature, water chemistry, and spa and lighting options from anywhere via an iPhone. An underwater surround sound system gives the swimmer the possibility of listening to their favorite music under the water.
The Cipriano team has won 75 awards of excellence since 2006, and in 2013 was named By Pool And Spa News to the Top 50 Pool Builders.