Skinny Dip

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February 24, 2009
Originally published in Around the World

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

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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.  Courtesy of David Stansbury.
    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. Courtesy of David Stansbury.
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  Though a stylistic break from the white-sided New England farmhouses that dot the forests and pastures of Western Massachusetts, the pool house’s simple, rustic exterior is a modern descendant of the local vernacular. With the area under snow for a quarter of the year, it also prevents Didier from having to join the local Polar Bear Club.
    Though a stylistic break from the white-sided New England farmhouses that dot the forests and pastures of Western Massachusetts, the pool house’s simple, rustic exterior is a modern descendant of the local vernacular. With the area under snow for a quarter of the year, it also prevents Didier from having to join the local Polar Bear Club.
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  Sliding glass doors open to reveal the interior of the pool house, which boasts a line of clerestory windows just below the roof.
    Sliding glass doors open to reveal the interior of the pool house, which boasts a line of clerestory windows just below the roof.
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