I've got an engineer designing a pool for me and here's what he's suggesting. It sounds feasible but I wanted to get a second (and third) opinion.
Basically the pool is a rectangle. 16' x 32'.....3' shallow / 6' deep. The problem is that my house sits 5' above ground level and I want the pool edge to be at the same level. So basically my pool will be mostly an above ground gunite pool. My initial plan was to form it up with plywood and shoot it with gunite 10-12" thick. Creating a structural shell. But after meeting with my engineer here's what he's suggesting.
Build the shell out of concrete block (w/rebar, filled with concrete etc...) then add some fill dirt for the slope, and pour an 8" slab. Then come back and hit the inside with 2" of gunite, rounding the corners, building the stairs etc. Then finally plaster it.
I'm not saying it's a bad idea...just not at all what I was thinking... but hey maybe it's good to think outside the box.