The region’s largest community pool is opening just in time for Spring Break. You’ll find it in one of the most stylish and comfortable neighborhoods in MGM.
The traditional Southern harbingers of spring may be azaleas and daffodils, but as any child (or teenager, college student, or parent) will tell you… it’s actually Spring Break. One Montgomery neighborhood is celebrating the start of spring this year with the opening of a new feature – and you guessed it, it’s just in time for Spring Break.
Hampstead is a mixed-use, New Urbanist community in East Montgomery. You’ve probably heard of the Hampstead Farm or The Tipping Point restaurant, or seen pictures of the homes. But now you’ll know it by The Lido Pool: the region’s largest community swimming pool. This new amenity for Hampstead residents sits right next to its lake, creating beautiful water views of natural space and a growing town fabric.
According to Harvi Sahota, Co-Founder and Hampstead Director of Design & Development, building a large pool was certainly a goal, but not the only goal. “My focus is place making – shaping spaces into what they will become years or decades from now. From a planning perspective, it’s about envisioning what we should be creating and then implementing that,” says Sahota. “Located next to Hampstead Lake and a large green space, The Lido Pool is right in the heart of the neighborhood – a central focus that signals our commitment to design, well-being, and community.”
Civic buildings at Hampstead take on special architectural significance, which meant the building would be unique. “We brought on architect Gary Justiss to create a space that was both monumental and functional,” says Sahota. Justiss, who designed the large town center buildings at Hampstead, is a Birmingham architect experienced in other New Urbanist communities like Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach.
The result is a gathering spot that will be used year-round. With a formal pool design, outdoor fire pit, covered loggias, and event space, the features of The Lido Pool appeals to a family swimming on a Saturday, or a wedding with three hundred guests.
Thanks to Hampstead’s Lido Pool, we can now say that a Spring Break stay-cation in Montgomery is definitely a thing. We’re making plans now to catch some sun at The Lido Pool, right before a bike ride to The Tipping Point for lunch or a post-sunset stroll to City Grill for cocktails and dinner. Where else can you do this except….. MGM?!
Learn more about the Lido Pool by visiting Hampstead’s website.
Post Contributed by Harvi Sahota and Anna Lowder, Founding and Principal Partners of Matter Design Co.
Husband and wife team Anna Lowder and Harvi Sahota are the founders and design team behind Matter Design Co. and Hampstead Living in Montgomery, AL. Serving as equal parts artists, interior designers, residential designers, entrepreneurs, and new urbanists, Anna and Harvi enjoy the challenge of finding a design solution for almost any problem.
Harvi is a native of Birmingham, England, and attended American University in London to study Visual Communications. Wanting to continue his education, Harvi obtained a master’s degree in Visual Communications from the renowned Royal College of Art, where he was awarded numerous academic and industry accolades for his creative work in graphic design, filmmaking, book design, and photography. Since graduating, Harvi has worked for a range of international firms – including Sleazenation magazine — and taught design at universities across London.
Anna grew up in Montgomery, AL, and graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism. She moved to London in 1999 to earn an additional bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the American University of London and to work at The Sunday Times of London and BBC magazine. While in London, Anna met the person who would become her partner in work and life, Harvi. In 2005, Anna and Harvi decided to move back to Anna’s hometown of Montgomery, AL, with the goal of making a long-lasting, positive impact on the community.
The couple began Matter Design Co. in 2011, a design firm focused on projects ranging from urban infill and real estate projects, restaurants, event planning, and brand identity. Harvi oversees the creative design and direction for the company and their projects, while Anna oversees brand strategy. As a Jack and Jill of many trades, Anna and Harvi’s influence is evident throughout the city, whether it’s a refurbished historical building, the interior design of a home, or a restaurant’s branding and décor.
Inspired by the South’s architectural heritage – particularly the timeless elegance and English-influence found in many Montgomery homes – Harvi and Anna created Hampstead, a new urbanist community and Matter’s largest development project to date. Planned in tandem with architects Duany-Zyberk & Co. (of the popular communities Seaside and Alys Beach, among others), Hampstead challenges the traditional urban sprawl and presents something completely unique to the Montgomery area.
As Montgomery’s fastest growing community, Hampstead combines expertly designed homes with sustainable and efficient community living, making the homes approachable and desirable for a varying demographic of buyers. Amenities of the community include custom architecture, a Montessori school, teaching farm, restaurants and bars, a YMCA, two pools, a town square with available retail space, and hundreds of acres of parks and preserves, serving as Montgomery’s largest lake and green space.
In their spare time, Harvi can be found cheering on his beloved Manchester United team and photographing new, unexpected places while Anna enjoys experiencing new restaurants and traveling. Harvi and Anna are also parents to two young boys.