Top 5 Homes of the Week With Pools That Beat the Heat

Top 5 Homes of the Week With Pools That Beat the Heat

By Samantha Daly
Stock up on sunscreen and dip your toe into the modern pools that caught our editor's eye this week.

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1. Sea Front Villa

The "leisure zone" of Sea Front Villa naturally frames the sea. An infinity pool embedded in the lawn further blurs the line between the house and its surroundings.

Architect: ARQ Tailors, Location: Cascais, Portugal

From the architect: "Sea Front Villa is a unique luxury property overlooking the sea. It’s located in Quinta da Marinha, a well-known resort in the Estoril–Cascais area. This twelve-room family house was intended to be a showcase for elegant, contemporary architecture and design. In order to fulfill this expectation, the project respects the amazing beauty of the sea and its natural surroundings by using pure, well-framed lines...and glass as special feature."

2. Whitefish Poolhouse & Gallery

The main attraction of the Whitefish Poolhouse & Gallery is the 75-foot-long lap pool. The space, designed by CTA Architects, also features wraparound windows for stunning views of the lush forest.

Architect: CTA | Cushing Terrell, Location: Whitefish, Montana

From the architect: "The Whitefish Poolhouse is perched on a steep slope high above Whitefish Lake. Through the process of design, CTA's client chose a more contemporary feel, with the focus being on the 75-foot-long single-lane lap pool, a Japanese soaking tub, a changing/shower area, an exercise room, and a fine art gallery. The structure appears as a small collection of buildings situated along the hillside and nested into the contours where appropriate, but boldly contrasting the grades by extending portions of the building out over the steep slope."

3. House in Afife

Architect Guilherme Machado Vaz decided to echo the square, compact nature of Casa em Afife when designing the swimming pool.

Architect: Guilherme Machado Vaz, Location: Afife, Portugal

From the architect: "The house is built in the north of Portugal, in a rural settlement that was established at the foot of the hill and expanded towards the plain—which is used as arable land—and towards the sea. The land is separated from a chapel by a walkway, and it's located at a lower level. The volume was established away from the street so as to create an outside area of arrival and to keep the building in the background towards the chapel and its relation with the public thoroughfare. The regular volume, compact and vertical, evokes the essence of a traditional type of construction in the region of Minho."

4. Long Island Sound House

Long Island Sound House's pool and hot tub connect gracefully to an ipe terrace. Sellars Lathrop Architects designed the outdoor and indoor spaces with hurricane concerns in mind.

Architect: Sellars Lathrop Architects, Location: Westport, Connecticut

From the architect: "Set on a deep cove off [of] Long Island Sound, this 8,500-square-foot new residence is located right at the water's edge. The final design concept is open plan and modern, but emphasizes resiliency and sustainability. At the end of a point with water on two sides, the site’s southern exposure creates glistening water- and cove-side panoramas, with kayaks, canoes, and boats always in full view. The owners requested a house open to these full views, with further requirements for a minimalist modern aesthetic, a no-maintenance exterior, protection from storms, efficient heating and cooling, a textured palette of natural, resilient materials, and last but not least, bright sunny rooms for everyday family activities."

5. Via Media Residence

The homeowner of Via Media Residence needed a workspace that would stand separate from domestic life. Matt Fajkus Architecture added a freestanding structure that acts as both a studio and a pool house—and is strategically positioned to frame views of the pool, the hills, and the cactus-filled slope in the back.

Architect: Matt Fajkus Architecture, Location: West Lake Hills, Texas

From the architect: "When the eventual owners first visited the existing Alan Taniguchi house in Austin’s Westlake Hills, they knew right away this was the home they wanted to live in. Sited high in the hills, the original house was designed with balcony/deck access in every single room, opening up to the nature and tranquility just minutes away from downtown Austin. The ’90s home, however, desperately needed an update as well as an addition to accommodate their needs.The remodel and addition by Matt Fajkus Architecture respects the strong qualities of the existing structure and site, while enhancing it and supplementing it with additional development. The renovation portion includes a complete update of interior and exterior finishes to achieve a fresh aesthetic with clean lines."

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