16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer

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By Ethan Lance / Published by Dwell
Take a splash in this inspiring collection of modern pools. We picked pool designs that feel like an extension of the home.
16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 1 of 16 - Wright Feldhusen Architects designed this house for a client that loves to swim. A lap pool connects the home to the ocean that lies beyond the property in Maroubra, Australia, a suburb of Sydney.

Wright Feldhusen Architects designed this house for a client that loves to swim. A lap pool connects the home to the ocean that lies beyond the property in Maroubra, Australia, a suburb of Sydney.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 2 of 16 - The reflecting pool is surrounded by foliage and breathtaking views of the bay.

The reflecting pool is surrounded by foliage and breathtaking views of the bay.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 3 of 16 - Ryan Anderson of RAD Furniture designed the stools as well as the table and benches on the pool deck.

Ryan Anderson of RAD Furniture designed the stools as well as the table and benches on the pool deck.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 4 of 16 - A pool is still the focal point of the courtyard, but its modernized, streamlined design makes a dramatic statement.

A pool is still the focal point of the courtyard, but its modernized, streamlined design makes a dramatic statement.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 5 of 16 - The small pool at the top of the landing provides the family with a place to cool off.

The small pool at the top of the landing provides the family with a place to cool off.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 6 of 16 - The back of the home glows at night as the giant, two-story glass doors swing open to remove the barrier between inside and out. A polished concrete patio deck and pool, along with a simple block perimeter wall, make smart use of available materials. The pool acts as a passive conditioning tool, cooling air before it enters the house. The block wall is positioned 31 inches from the house, creating a gap or "air chimney" that allows air to circulate up and away from the home, while simultaneously letting light filter down.

The back of the home glows at night as the giant, two-story glass doors swing open to remove the barrier between inside and out. A polished concrete patio deck and pool, along with a simple block perimeter wall, make smart use of available materials. The pool acts as a passive conditioning tool, cooling air before it enters the house. The block wall is positioned 31 inches from the house, creating a gap or "air chimney" that allows air to circulate up and away from the home, while simultaneously letting light filter down.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 7 of 16 - Florida couple John Pirman and Steve Tetreault built a new house inspired by the Sarasota School. Today’s FEMA codes required a plinth to lift the house five-and-a-half feet above grade and a roof that can withstand hurricane wind loads, making it a challenge to re-create the lightness of midcentury design, Pirman says.

Florida couple John Pirman and Steve Tetreault built a new house inspired by the Sarasota School. Today’s FEMA codes required a plinth to lift the house five-and-a-half feet above grade and a roof that can withstand hurricane wind loads, making it a challenge to re-create the lightness of midcentury design, Pirman says.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 8 of 16 - Architect Burton Baldridge’s design for a house in Austin features a cantilevered upper volume with a gabled profile that was in part inspired by the work of Dutch architects MVRDV. It juts out over the patio, outfitted with chaise longues by Harbour Outdoor and Adirondack chairs by Loll.

Architect Burton Baldridge’s design for a house in Austin features a cantilevered upper volume with a gabled profile that was in part inspired by the work of Dutch architects MVRDV. It juts out over the patio, outfitted with chaise longues by Harbour Outdoor and Adirondack chairs by Loll.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 9 of 16 - To the south, a small soaking pool sits outside Austin’s studio, where he’ll often lie and meditate: "I’m a great floater, and can look at the clouds for an hour everyday," he says. The adjacent wall was coated with smooth sand plaster finish to accommodate video and film projections by night.

To the south, a small soaking pool sits outside Austin’s studio, where he’ll often lie and meditate: "I’m a great floater, and can look at the clouds for an hour everyday," he says. The adjacent wall was coated with smooth sand plaster finish to accommodate video and film projections by night.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 10 of 16 - Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.

Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 11 of 16 - "The owners envisioned a place that engaged with the outdoors while providing accommodating spaces for their off-season training for triathlons," Flato notes. A 75-foot-long lap pool on the west end of the home comes in handy during practice.

"The owners envisioned a place that engaged with the outdoors while providing accommodating spaces for their off-season training for triathlons," Flato notes. A 75-foot-long lap pool on the west end of the home comes in handy during practice.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 12 of 16 - A seeded concrete walkway leads from the rear driveway—the entrance used most often—and into the yard. To create the look, each river rock was hand-placed in the wet concrete.

A seeded concrete walkway leads from the rear driveway—the entrance used most often—and into the yard. To create the look, each river rock was hand-placed in the wet concrete.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 13 of 16 - "Exposing the craft and detail of the materials was a key part of the design," Flato notes. The texture of the house, he says, can be observed in the concrete retaining wall for the lap pool.

"Exposing the craft and detail of the materials was a key part of the design," Flato notes. The texture of the house, he says, can be observed in the concrete retaining wall for the lap pool.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 14 of 16 - The geometric pool also captures views of the lush landscape.

The geometric pool also captures views of the lush landscape.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 15 of 16 - Wildlife are frequent visitors here, but the area’s active woodpeckers aren’t very welcome, so the house is clad in corrugated metal siding by Recla Metals.

Wildlife are frequent visitors here, but the area’s active woodpeckers aren’t very welcome, so the house is clad in corrugated metal siding by Recla Metals.

16 Boxy Modern Pools For This Summer - Photo 16 of 16 - Though the front of this 1880s home in Adelaide, Australia, maintains a traditional facade due to strict heritage laws, the rear is modern eye candy at its best. See more of the home.

Though the front of this 1880s home in Adelaide, Australia, maintains a traditional facade due to strict heritage laws, the rear is modern eye candy at its best. See more of the home.