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I just love this idea for a laundry chute because I'm wild about boats. oceans, lakes, rivers, fish, seaweed, zebra mussels on shipwrecks that slice your hand open - it's so calming to me. I don't think this is necessarily elegant, but I would love to see it everyday.
Shaw House by Patkau Architects in Vancouver. The entrance is directly below the glass-based pool, which in turn gives a wonderful quality of light to the entrance area. (Photo Benjamin Benschneider)
Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream This cascading stream flows into a gravel bed, not a pond, so it stays clean with little maintenance!