It's officially summer, so let's talk swimming pools
The days are long, the nights are warm and there doesn’t seem to be any snow in sight. Summer (a.k.a. the best season) is here. Of course, with summer comes the heat, but it’s nothing a dip in the pool can’t help! However, there are pools and there are pools. If only the best will do for you, and we have just what you need.
Jellyfish House by Wiel Arets Architects
It doesn’t get much more original than the Jellyfish House in Marbella, Spain. Due to its privileged location on the coast, the architects chose to place the pool on the roof in order to take full advantage of the abundant sunshine and spectacular views. As if that weren’t even, they added an impressive cantilever and a voyeuristic glass bottom. Does it get any better?
Fish House by Guz Architects
Guz Architects have made amazing swimming pools part of their trademark. In fact, their work does not just include the swimming pool, it integrates it into the landscape of the home. Take the Fish House as example. The huge swimming pool becomes an integral link between interior and exterior with its island of greenery and ocean view.
Villa A by A-OMA
When renovating the Villa A in Catania, Italy, the architects at A-OMA were confronted with a long, thin plot of land leading to the sea. Rather than dominating the garden with huge swimming pool or skipping it all together, the architects integrated a subtle body of water that reflects both the geometry of the site as well as the color of the adjacent seascape.
The Cubes House by Nestor Sandbank
The Cubes House in central Israel is a contemporary villa with an exceptional swimming pool. Creating a bridge between the garden and the home, it is perfectly level with the living space, creating a sort of reflecting pool, and gradually reveals itself with the gentle slope of the garden.
Villa Midgård by DAPstockholm
For a rather sober, secluded house in the Swedish forest, a blindingly blue swimming pool would have felt out of place. Therefore, the architects at DAPstockholm used dark concrete to create an atmosphere that is more woodland lake than residential infinity pool. But the best part is the unexpected glass panel that provides underwater views from the garden below.
SA Residence by Shatotto Architects
As for indoor pools, the SA Residence by Shatotto Architects definitely takes the cake. The concrete residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is literally centered around this extraordinary water court. Although it’s not technically a swimming pool, we definitely wouldn’t mind taking a dive.
Casa 7A by Arquitectura en Estudio & Natalia Heredia
A Colombian country home with a view! Closed off on the street-facing side, Casa 7A completely unfolds on the interior to absorb the neighboring mountains. And you better believe that the swimming pool is perfectly positioned to provide a full panorama.
Casa Finisterra by Steven Harris Architects
Not only is Casa Finisterra phenomenally beautiful, it is also available as a vacation rental! Located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the home was designed by the New York City-based firm Steven Harris Architects. The stone exterior of the residence perfectly mimics the rocky cliff side on which it is perched, and the swimming pool extends towards the sea below.
Antokolsky Penthouse by Pitsou Kedem Architect
Imagine having a swim on top of the world. This infinity pool in Tel Aviv, Israel, comes pretty close. Part of a penthouse renovation by local firm Pitsou Kedem Architect, the swimming pool horizontally aligns with the city skyline. Lined with dark stone, it also creates a link with the impressive metropolis by reflecting the city in its entirety.
Oceanique Villas by MM Architects
An idyllic seaside getaway, the Oceanique Villas are located in Mui Ne, a popular destination along Vietnam’s south east coast. Part of a small complex, each of the dwellings has its own swimming pool. And, of course, each swimming pool is complete with an unobstructed view of the sea.
House in La Planicie by Doblado Arquitectos
Inside? Outside? Why not have both? Peru’s House in La Planicie has a swimming pool that begins inside and extends to the exterior, so you don’t have to choose! If that weren’t enough, the full-height, transparent facade makes the swimming pool even more impressive.