ROCK & WATER INTERNATIONAL
CREATES ENVIRONMENTS THAT INTEGRATE AND CONNECT SUPERB AMENITIES AND AESTHETICS WHILE ENHANCING PRIVACY, SAFETY AND SECURITY
In the natural environment, everything connects as a whole, and nothing can be seen as separate from other elements. Rock and Water similarly builds whole home environments that seek connections to other purposes and functions on the estate. Aquatic artists, these resort-like features not only create indoor and outdoor areas for distinctive recreation and conducive getaways for private relaxation, but designs also tie into other aspects of the home’s design for security, safety, and even self-sufficiency.
When Rock and Water’s founder and visionary, Sean Henry, finishes a project, like any artist, he signs it. With an international reputation, everything that comes out of Rock and Water is personal to him. “My passion is hiking to remote areas where I study natural formations and the movement of water through the rocks and land. The origins of my designs come from studies of the formations, geology, and an understanding of how indigenous people interacted with the land. The execution of the design is possible through advanced engineering, patents, and hand-picking the most skilled artists, engineers, architects, and technicians in the world.”
WHEN A POOL ISN’T JUST A POOL
“I think one of the best examples to understand the potential of what we can do is a swimming pool,” explains Jonathan Kersey, who works closely with Sean Henry. “Rock and Water has 30 years of experience innovating practical solutions that are essentially art. A swimming pool is not just a lovely recreational amenity. We can design it for a water source to fight fires; the water stored in the pool can be filtered for drinking water; and it can serve as a reservoir tied into a life-support environment in the event of some kind of catastrophe. Additionally, the floor of the pool can be raised to serve as a cover or even patio space with our patented lift system.”
Sean Henry adds, “We love to say yes to the seemingly impossible. We have completed pools jutting out the top of skyscrapers and out the side of cliffs. It was through being called in to troubleshoot failures and problems in this region’s mountain resorts and estates that lead me to design and patent systems for year-round pools and water features in high alpine areas. We are opening our Intermountain office in Salt Lake City to be closer to our projects.”
“CLIENTS MAY DUPLICATE FAVORITE LANDSCAPES FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD FOR YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT, SUCH AS A CLIENT’S WISH FOR A KAUAI WATERFALL. WE HAVE USED WATERFALLS TO DISGUISE HELICOPTER PADS AND CAVES FOR UNDERGROUND STORAGE.“
BRING HOME THE BEST OF RESORT RECREATION
Just looking at brochures for destination resorts can inspire daydreaming about swimming under a waterfall, kayaking down a stream, or riding a zipline across the treetops. These are the kinds of resorts and residential developments Rock and Water has conceptualized and built around the world for an international clientele of estates, resorts, and exclusive developments.
This experience worldwide opens unimagined possibilities at home. Aquatic habitats, rock-climbing walls, whitewater kayaking or rafting, a transparent lazy river, fly-fishing, waterfalls, amphitheaters with stages—these are some of the features that the design team at Rock and Water has created.
“Another one of our specialties is artistic rock formations. Strategically placed real boulders combine with handcrafted carved concrete to artistically blend with the aquatic features,” notes Kersey. “Clients may duplicate favorite landscapes from anywhere in the world in their own backyard for year-round enjoyment, such as a client’s wish for a Kauai waterfall. We have used waterfalls to disguise helicopter pads and caves for underground storage. Here again, our patented lift system makes it possible. The lift system has the ability to move components horizontally or vertically. I mentioned it previously in conjunction with pools: the floor can raise when the pool is not in use to become a sports court or entertainment patio.”
“Often local architects will only design what local talent is capable of executing, but we open a world of possibilities for them,” Henry adds. “We are happy to collaborate throughout the project from the earliest sketches.” In addition to architects, Rock and Water collaborates closely with developers and builders.
SECURITY WITHOUT SACRIFICING AESTHETICS
Kersey observes, “There are different levels of security, and with innovative and artistic approaches, these can be integrated into the design without sacrificing aesthetics. We even can include perimeter wildfire suppression.” Essentially, the effect is a beautiful setting for the home, outdoor recreation, and entertainment without the harsh appearance of a secure enclosure. Rock and Water concurrently plans the security systems for the access points to the grounds and the home with custom automated controls for the estate and security monitoring.
For some estate owners, enhanced security for their families is important in the event of a destabilizing event like a natural disaster or a man-made threat. Rock and Water can incorporate life support environments into an overall plan that utilizes the features in the landscape design, and homeowners may opt for the degree of self-sufficiency. Rock and Water has patented designs for its secure fortified environments that sustain life. Support systems provide clean air, water, food, and medical supplies; visibility to the outside from a safe environment; and full communication and the ability to summon assistance. “We can incorporate water purification or desalinization, food production, aircraft or automobile storage, or ballistic glass,” adds Kersey.
Rock and Water, too, has systems available to ensure safety from damage or theft of family heirlooms, artifacts, or irreplaceable collections. “Car collections, especially, can include some rare and difficult to replace collectibles. Fire, floods, or earthquakes can quickly destroy them, and so we prepare safe environments to hedge against these forms of threats,” answers Kersey.
NOW AND FOR GENERATIONS
“The type of projects we undertake are estates that will remain in the family for generations. Some we built from the ground up, and others have already been in the family and we have come in and added our touch,” explains Henry.
Henry continues, “Our services are tailored to maintaining long-term relationships. We aim to anticipate rather than react. As an example, we remotely monitor pumps, lights, and water quality, and our technicians regularly make checks and service. People need peace of mind, and we back up our designs with an all-inclusive warranty.”
The Salt Lake City office will anchor technical expertise to ensure availability in the surrounding mountain states and communities. “We have engineered and designed artistic water systems for the extreme environments in this region, and I am eager to see just how far we can take them. It opens incredible possibilities for full seasonal enjoyment,” says Sean Henry, an artist with a bent for making impossible things work.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL JONATHAN KERSEY AT 877.330.4470 AND VISIT ROCKANDWATERINT.COM