Pooling Around

February 1, 2013
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  Prior to the addition of the raised, 750-square-foot pool (and its 65-square-foot hot tub), this Santa Monica, California, lot was a scramble of structures: the house in one corner and the guesthouse and the office each occupying another. Without the pool's elevation, "you’d open the guesthouse door and be forced to be part of what’s going on in the water,” architect Padraic Cassidy says. “Because the pool is at waist height, the wall creates a private space for the visitor.” Read more about this standout feature here.  Photo by David Allee.   This originally appeared in Master Stroke.

    Prior to the addition of the raised, 750-square-foot pool (and its 65-square-foot hot tub), this Santa Monica, California, lot was a scramble of structures: the house in one corner and the guesthouse and the office each occupying another. Without the pool's elevation, "you’d open the guesthouse door and be forced to be part of what’s going on in the water,” architect Padraic Cassidy says. “Because the pool is at waist height, the wall creates a private space for the visitor.” Read more about this standout feature here.

    Photo by David Allee.
    This originally appeared in Master Stroke.
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  This plunge pool was a key component in completing a couple's dream home in northeast Australia. In addition to its obvious use as a spot to jump in and cool off, the pool can also be utilized as a firefighting water source in a region prone to bush fires. Read more about this very unique home here.  Photo by Richard Powers.   This originally appeared in Hillside Family Home in Australia.

    This plunge pool was a key component in completing a couple's dream home in northeast Australia. In addition to its obvious use as a spot to jump in and cool off, the pool can also be utilized as a firefighting water source in a region prone to bush fires. Read more about this very unique home here.

    Photo by Richard Powers.
    This originally appeared in Hillside Family Home in Australia.
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  Competitive swimmer Sydne Didier commissioned Austin Design Inc. to create a 102-foot-long pool house in a freestanding structure behind her Amherst, Massachusetts, house. The project was a first for architect Rachael Chase, with quite a successful result. Read more about the New England swim haven here.  Courtesy of David Stansbury.  This originally appeared in Skinny Dip.

    Competitive swimmer Sydne Didier commissioned Austin Design Inc. to create a 102-foot-long pool house in a freestanding structure behind her Amherst, Massachusetts, house. The project was a first for architect Rachael Chase, with quite a successful result. Read more about the New England swim haven here.

    Courtesy of David Stansbury.
    This originally appeared in Skinny Dip.
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  In the words of homeowner Kylie Brammy, "I love our pool—it provides a “yin” element of cooling, moistening, and grounding to the house, in contrast to the warm and dry materials we’ve used elsewhere. I can actually touch the water from inside through the sash window at the end of the bench seat, which gives me a sense of serenity. Being connected to the environment is important to me." This pool's straddling of interior and exterior is unparalleled. Read more about this space-conscious home here.  Photo by James Knowler. Courtesy of James Knowler Photography.  This originally appeared in Australian Bungalow with a Modern Addition.

    In the words of homeowner Kylie Brammy, "I love our pool—it provides a “yin” element of cooling, moistening, and grounding to the house, in contrast to the warm and dry materials we’ve used elsewhere. I can actually touch the water from inside through the sash window at the end of the bench seat, which gives me a sense of serenity. Being connected to the environment is important to me." This pool's straddling of interior and exterior is unparalleled. Read more about this space-conscious home here.

    Photo by James Knowler. Courtesy of James Knowler Photography.
    This originally appeared in Australian Bungalow with a Modern Addition.
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  The Cairns Esplanade Pool in eastern Australia is wonderfully integrated into the park and effortlessly transitions from fountain to swimming space to beach substitute (parts of the pool have a sandy bottom and sections of the surrounding area are filled with sand, making it perfect for sunbathing). Read more about Cairns and Dwell's Australian tour here.  Photo by Miyoko Ohtake.   This originally appeared in Touring Sydney, Part 2.

    The Cairns Esplanade Pool in eastern Australia is wonderfully integrated into the park and effortlessly transitions from fountain to swimming space to beach substitute (parts of the pool have a sandy bottom and sections of the surrounding area are filled with sand, making it perfect for sunbathing). Read more about Cairns and Dwell's Australian tour here.

    Photo by Miyoko Ohtake.
    This originally appeared in Touring Sydney, Part 2.
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  This solar-heated pool caps off Victoria and Greg Pryor's second home, a green-minded getaway for the couple and their two sons. Read more about this unique Long Island destination here.  Photo by Ty Cole. Courtesy of © TY COLE.  This originally appeared in Green Sustainable Home in Montauk.

    This solar-heated pool caps off Victoria and Greg Pryor's second home, a green-minded getaway for the couple and their two sons. Read more about this unique Long Island destination here.

    Photo by Ty Cole. Courtesy of © TY COLE.
    This originally appeared in Green Sustainable Home in Montauk.
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  The pool house is one of the most significant architectural developments in this Barcelona remodel. The lap pool, combined with the overhanging fireplace, sustains warmth and placidity year-round. Read more about the renovated, 18th-century flat here.  Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.   This originally appeared in Arch Support.

    The pool house is one of the most significant architectural developments in this Barcelona remodel. The lap pool, combined with the overhanging fireplace, sustains warmth and placidity year-round. Read more about the renovated, 18th-century flat here.

    Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.
    This originally appeared in Arch Support.
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  Sophie and Colin enjoy their new pool, the only non-solar-powered portion of their home in Venice, California, created by their father, architect David Hertz. Read the full article here.  Photo by Misha Gravenor.   This originally appeared in Sustainability in Stages.

    Sophie and Colin enjoy their new pool, the only non-solar-powered portion of their home in Venice, California, created by their father, architect David Hertz. Read the full article here.

    Photo by Misha Gravenor.
    This originally appeared in Sustainability in Stages.
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  Colored concrete walls, pivoting glass doors, and a scissor-shaped steel roof maintain the fun and modern feel of this computer-game designer’s suburban poolside shelter. See more here.  Photo by Ron Pollard.   This originally appeared in Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps.

    Colored concrete walls, pivoting glass doors, and a scissor-shaped steel roof maintain the fun and modern feel of this computer-game designer’s suburban poolside shelter. See more here.

    Photo by Ron Pollard.
    This originally appeared in Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps.
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  The Floating Pool is a seven-lane, 25-meter pool with translucent murals, showers, a spray pool and a terrace. It was primarily designed to provide mobile heat relief to the public in areas where private pools are an unfamiliar concept. To learn more about this particular pool's history, click here.    This originally appeared in Floating Pool.

    The Floating Pool is a seven-lane, 25-meter pool with translucent murals, showers, a spray pool and a terrace. It was primarily designed to provide mobile heat relief to the public in areas where private pools are an unfamiliar concept. To learn more about this particular pool's history, click here.

    This originally appeared in Floating Pool.
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