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Modern Pool Designs We Love

From a landscaped Montauk masterpiece to a lap pool in a Boise backyard, these six pools are defined by innovative layouts, beautiful design, and smart use of space.

Cassidy Pool

Master Stroke

In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.


Hillside Family Home in Australia

An unvisited ocean-facing plot of land, a couple of architect neighbors, and one giant leap of faith have netted a pair of erstwhile Londoners a dream home of their own in northeast Australia.

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Skinny Dip

An elegant new pool house keeps competitive swimmer Sydne Didier in top form, and out of the Connecticut River.

A Visit to Sydney Two

Touring Sydney, Part 2

We featured bridges, beautiful low-income housing experiments, and beachside pools in our Touring Sydney, Part 1, slideshow and it would be remiss of us not to include the Australian city's most famous icon: the Sydney Opera House. I recently traveled Down Under and continue this two-part series with glimpses inside the Opera House as well as in and around the Royal Botanic Gardens (and then a jaunt up the coast to sunny Cairns!).

Prefab beach house retreat in Montauk, New York

Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.