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May 1, 2013
With the weather creeping towards record highs here in the Bay Area, we turn our minds to everything cool. From pools to ice cream to architecture designed to enjoy the breeze, we'll take anything we can get to inspire thoughts of cooling off in this heat.
prefab beach house retreat

POOLING AROUND

We take a look at 10 of our favorite swimming pools and pool houses from over the years. Whether for recreation, exercise, or simply to beat the heat, these pools (and in some cases their surrounding structures) stand unmatched in their creative designs and aesthetics. Scroll all the way through the slideshow to see one example in quite an unexpected place.
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Originally appeared in Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
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Tiled pool with descending wood plank

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.

 

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This public pool house was designed to merge with its park surroundings. Translucent wall materials, floating overhead planes, and plenty of windows let the light in.<br /><br /><strong>Project:</strong> Stapleton Neighborhood Pool House
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POOL HOUSES: FROM LAPS TO NAPS

For those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.

 

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Originally appeared in Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps
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Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches

We debuted this story on Coolhaus, [note the pun] an LA based company founded by two architects that makes high concept ice cream sandwiches named after modern design icons, back in April of 2009 and apparently it was hot hot hot then too. I'll bet we beat the record this year.

Originally appeared in Coolhaus Modern Ice Cream Architecture
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Jake Godby of Humphry Slocombe

WE ALL SCREAM...

For homemade ice cream! Whether you favor Kumquat-Poppy Seed or plain Vanilla, a home ice-cream maker lets you effortlessly craft a scoop that's made to order.

 

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Originally appeared in 5 Modern Home Ice Cream Makers
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Today’s homemade and hand-packed flavors included Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Sweet Cream, Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Swirl, Green Apple Cider Sorbet and Fresh Peppermint Chip.

L.A. CREAMERY

L.A. Creamery offers two dozen homemade flavors each day, churned onsite in a shiny silver machine nicknamed Zelda.

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Mimicking the cantilever of the house, an outdoor shower just off the master bedroom stretches out gently toward the surrounding woods.

A LOOK AT OPEN-AIR SHOWERS

Ah, the beauty of bathing in the breeze. Here we present some of our favorite outdoor showers from issues past.
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Originally appeared in On a Rock in a Hard Place
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reflecting pool in modern house in el salvador with creative roofing

WIND CATCHER

A green house near the coast of El Salvador captures the best of its naturally striking setting—filled with sunlight, invigorating breezes, and sweeping views of lush woodlands.
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Originally appeared in Striking Green House with a View in El Salvador
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The porch is designed for living outdoors all summer long, and for parties and dinners with “a stable of friends who arrive announced and unannounced,” Tamarkin says. Courtesy <a href="http://architectsandartisans.com/">Architects and Artisans</a>.

SHELTER ISLAND RETREAT

Architect Cary Tamarkin designed his family's summer house for snoozing. “It lends itself to massive relaxing,” he says of the 2,800-square-foot cottage on Shelter Island overlooking Long Island Sound.  “There's lots of napping, and big dinners on the teak tables out on the porch.”

 

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Waterfront house backyard

WALTER GROPIUS, HAGERTY HOUSE

Walter Gropius wanted the Hagerty House, his first commission in the United States, to be as close to the sea as possible. He sited the structure a precarious 20 feet from the shore and let the setting dictate the design.

 

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Originally appeared in Walter Gropius, Hagerty House
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Modern beach house exterior in New Zealand

BACH TO THE BEACH

With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular.

 

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Originally appeared in Bach to the Beach
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Dining table window view of the beach

BEACHSIDE PROPERTIES WE LOVE

2011’s “Beach Houses We Love” is a perennial favorite. Here, we’ve compiled five more of our most popular waterfront homes.
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Originally appeared in On The Rocks
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prefab beach house retreat

POOLING AROUND

We take a look at 10 of our favorite swimming pools and pool houses from over the years. Whether for recreation, exercise, or simply to beat the heat, these pools (and in some cases their surrounding structures) stand unmatched in their creative designs and aesthetics. Scroll all the way through the slideshow to see one example in quite an unexpected place.
Photo by Ty Cole. Image courtesy of © TY COLE.

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