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10 Inspirations for Beating the Heat

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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.
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  POOLING AROUNDWe 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 ColeCourtesy of: © TY COLE

    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

    Courtesy of: © TY COLE

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  MODERN POOL DESIGNS WE LOVEFrom 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.   Photo by: David Allee

    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.

     

    Photo by: David Allee

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  POOL HOUSES: FROM LAPS TO NAPSFor those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.   Photo by: Ron Pollard

    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.

     

    Photo by: Ron Pollard

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  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.

    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.

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  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.   Photo by: Laurie Frankel

    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.

     

    Photo by: Laurie Frankel

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  L.A. CREAMERYL.A. Creamery offers two dozen homemade flavors each day, churned onsite in a shiny silver machine nicknamed Zelda.  Photo by: Erika Heet

    L.A. CREAMERY

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

    Photo by: Erika Heet

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  A LOOK AT OPEN-AIR SHOWERSAh, the beauty of bathing in the breeze. Here we present some of our favorite outdoor showers from issues past.  Photo by: John Clark

    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.

    Photo by: John Clark

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  WIND CATCHERA 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.  Photo by: Jason Bax

    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.

    Photo by: Jason Bax

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  SHELTER ISLAND RETREATArchitect 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.”   Photo by: Bart Michiels

    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.”

     

    Photo by: Bart Michiels

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  WALTER GROPIUS, HAGERTY HOUSEWalter 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.   Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    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.

     

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  BACH TO THE BEACHWith 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.   Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    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.

     

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  BEACHSIDE PROPERTIES WE LOVE2011’s “Beach Houses We Love” is a perennial favorite. Here, we’ve compiled five more of our most popular waterfront homes.  Photo by: Gunnar KnechtelCourtesy of: Gunnar Knechtel

    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.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Courtesy of: Gunnar Knechtel

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