Gibbs College of Architecture student Anuhya Konda and 2013 Landscape Architecture alumnus Alex Tyler have been selected as finalists of the Million Dollar Pool Challenge! Konda, a graduate student studying Landscape Architecture, was the only student finalist, while Tyler was selected as the first place winner of the competition! Tyler was the runner up in last year’s competition.

Anuhya Konda

Alex Tyler

The Million Dollar Pool Challenge, held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in November, was part of the International Pool and Spa Expo and included more than 150 entrants from leading pool and design companies. The Challenge focuses on testing one’s capability to think outside the box while designing a space.

As part of the Challenge, participants are given a scenario and requirements to base their designs on. This year’s scenario was a site located near Lake Tahoe.

“After careful analysis of the site and given requirements, I started zoning different spaces and made sections for better understanding,” said Konda.

Konda included many different features for her design, including natural elements to help relaxation, an outdoor kitchen with views, play areas for kids and pets, a spa, a bunk house for kids, and more.

Konda’s design

“I worked for three weeks on the project, but my thought process started two months before that.”

– Anuhya Konda

Konda said she relied on elements of nature as inspiration for her design.

“My focus was on fulfilling the requirements for the customer along with giving them the best spaces.”

– Anuhya Konda

Konda used modeling software to develop the spaces before creating the conceptual images. Overall, she submitted her plan, narrative, rendered images, perspective, and a video showcasing the site and its surroundings.

Konda’s design

Congratulations and well done, Anuhya and Alex!

Tyler’s design

Find an animation of Alex Tyler’s design here.

Photos provided by Anuhya Konda and Alex Tyler

Featured photo: Konda’s design