VOA combines wood, marble and glass in layered composition of Portuguese seaside home

This house in the Portuguese coastal town of São Félix da Marinha comprises a series of stacked volumes clad in varying materials to signify the different programmatic functions contained within them. The property was designed by the Porto-based studio of Ventura Office Associates (VOA) to make optimal use of a plot with views towards the

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Windowless facade obscures seaside home in Kanagawa by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Windowless concrete walls obscure the view from one side of this home designed by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa, while glazing and a cantilevering infinity pool make the most of sea vistas from the other. The residence’s street-facing northern facade is composed of three white boxes that have no openings, with only

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Modest holiday retreat by David Cervera nestles amongst the palms in Mexico

A natural finish made from tree sap covers this compact summer house on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, which has plenty of hammocks for relaxing in the shade. Designed by local architect David Cervera, El Palmar is sits within a grove of palms in Chuburná – a narrow barrier island north of Mérida. The home measures just

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Studio Saxe surrounds Costa Rican yoga retreat with jungle planting

San José-based practice Studio Saxe has designed this hotel in Costa Rica so that guests can perform yoga flows or rigorous boxing workouts in a studio surrounded by lush vegetation. Hotel Nalu-Nosara is located in Nosara – a beach town on the northern coast of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula village – which has become a popular destination for health, wellness and

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Slatted marble walls shade Casa Chaaltun pool deck in Mexico

Elevated walls with marble slats form a canopy above the terrace and swimming pool of this house, which Tescala Architects has based on the natural surroundings in Yucatán, Mexico. Casa Chaaltun is located in a gated community in the north of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of the Yucatán – known for its Mayan ruins.

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Miami Beach residence by SAOTA takes indoor-outdoor living to the extreme

South African firm SAOTA has built its first project in Miami Beach: an expansive, waterfront home that boasts a basketball court and a waterslide. Called Pine Tree House, the family residence is located in the historic Collins Waterfront district. It occupies a long, linear site that stretches between a busy road and an active canal. Composed

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Studio MK27 completes Miami Beach house with its own private lagoon

Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 has completed a luxurious Miami Beach residence, featuring a private lagoon where residents can swim with fish, and a bridge walkway that snakes over the top. Measuring 10 feet long (30 metres) and 30 feet wide (nine metres), the manmade lagoon is organically filtered and surrounded by vegetation to provide an “authentically manicured” natural environment for

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Domed summer house by LASSA offers an elevated view over a Greek olive grove

Fingers of earth branch over this mound-shaped holiday home by architecture studio LASSA, allowing its owners to climb up onto the roof to admire an olive grove on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. The 150-square-metre Villa Ypsilon was designed by London- and Brussels-based firm LASSA, which is headed up by architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd. The domed form of

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Perimeter House encloses private courtyard and plunge pool in Melbourne

Australian studio Make Architecture has added a brick extension to a Victorian cottage in Melbourne that bounds the street on one side and curves around a secluded courtyard on the other. Perimeter House is situated on a plot within the industrial neighbourhood of Abbotsford, which contains brick factories and warehouses that influenced Make Architecture’s choice

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Elevated walkway bridges two parts of Iranian holiday home divided by swimming pool

An elevated passageway spans a swimming pool to connect the two monolithic blocks of this weekend home in the Iranian city of Karaj by Kamran Heirati Architects. The Iranian studio built Villa Safadasht in the city’s suburbs for a client working in the food industry. The building is divided into two parts: an entertainment area with a jacuzzi and an

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Farrells completes swimming pool with “shell-like” roof on Hong Kong seafront

British firm Farrells has carved a large opening into the zinc-clad roof of its swimming pool complex in Hong Kong to offer outdoor bathers sea views. The studio headed up by architect Terry Farrell designed the pool as part of the Kennedy Town Station development, which occupies the site of the former Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. The new, distinctively shaped public pool now occupies a triangular

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Mountainside villa by SAOTA frames Cape Town’s spectacular scenery

A+Awards: South African studio SAOTA received a 2016 Architizer A+Award for this residence in Cape Town, which enjoys views of the area’s dramatic rock formations. The 2,023-square-metre house, named OVD 919, looks down over the city’s affluent beachside neighbourhoods Bantry Bay and Clifton from a lofty perch on a mountain known as Lion’s Head. “Nestled

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Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects lies long and low on a German hillside

A+Awards: a swimming pool that starts inside this Architizer A+Award-winning house in central Germany continues out perpendicular to the low-slung volume and projects from the sloped site. Named Villa K, the home in the forested hills of Thüringen is Dutch studio Paul de Ruiter Architects’ first project in Germany. “The realisation of a sustainable villa,

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Glass-bottomed Sky Pool suspends swimmers 500 feet above Houston

A transparent portion of a swimming pool atop a high-rise development in Houston, Texas, projects outward so brave residents can view both the skyline in front and the ground 40 storeys below. The Market Square Tower is the latest residential complex to boast a glass-bottomed pool, following proposals for London and India. A post shared

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10 popular holiday homes with swimming pools from Dezeen’s Pinterest boards

This long weekend, we’re highlighting 10 homes from our Pinterest boards that feature swimming pools in preparation for the upcoming summer months, including an elevated pool you can walk beneath in Marbella and a rooftop pool in Lisbon. Pavilion House, Italy, by Act_Romegialli This residence in northern Italy features an underground pool that faces onto the surrounding parkland. It is housed inside

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Wooden pool house by Amantea Architects provides privacy for Canadian family

Toronto firm Amantea Architects has built a pool house in the garden of an Ontario home to provide washing and changing facilities, while blocking views from a neighbouring property. The project involved constructing a pavilion at the end of the plot in King’s City, which is owned by a family of four. A row of

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Concrete pavilion overlooks Tehran swimming pool by KRDS

A+Awards: next in our series of 2016 Architizer A+Award winners is a swimming pool in the Iranian capital, with a concrete pavilion by architects KRDS at one end to provide a changing room and spa facilities. Kourosh Rafiey Architectural Design Studio (KRDS) designed the Sohanak Swimming Pool and adjacent structure for a private garden in Tehran –

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Studio MRDO and Studio LaM win Korean bathhouse contest with underground dome

New York practices Studio MRDO and Studio LaM have have won an ideas competition with their proposal for a theatrical underground pool set in the Demilitarised Zone between North Korea and South Korea. Studio MRDO and Studio LaM’s winning design, Crossing Parallel(s): Bathhouse as a Metaphorical Theatre, imagines a communal performance by North and South Korean participants to help relax

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Richard Meier models all-white Oxfordshire residence on English manor houses

American architect Richard Meier has completed his first project in the UK, a characteristically bright white house perched on a hill overlooking the Oxfordshire countryside. Initiated in 2007, the project known simply as the Oxford Residence has taken a decade to complete and has just been shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award. Meier, 82, designed the home and

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Stone-lined swimming pool in Cologne house features large window with garden views

A pool room is set at the top of this house in Cologne by German studio Corneille Uedingslohmann Architekten, and features walls lined with quartzite strips and a large garden-facing window. The local studio was originally asked by the residents to adapt an existing house to include the swimming pool. But the team found this was not possible, and so suggested demolishing and rebuilding their

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Chevron-patterned parquet covers swimming pools and spa house by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Zigzagging parquet covers every surface of the swimming pools, spa buildings and patio designed by Stockholm studio Claesson Koivisto Rune for an 18th-century mansion in the south of Sweden. The facilities are raised on a podium above a gently sloping lawn, allowing bathers to take in the grounds of the neoclassical mansion. Claesson Koivisto Rune covered the podium, pools

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Slanted wooden walls form holiday home in upstate New York by Hariri & Hariri

This country retreat by American firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture consists of interlocking volumes clad in ipe and stone and an infinity pool overlooking the verdant, rolling terrain. The Taghkanic House is situated on a 140-acre (57-hectare )property in Columbia County, a bucolic area in upstate New York. The architects set out to create a master

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Pitsou Kedem’s AB House features grid-like perforated screens inside and out

Screens with a perforated geometric pattern help to control the flow of light, air and views throughout this house in a suburb of Tel Aviv by Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem. AB House covers 770 square metres of a 1,800-square-metre plot in the Kfar Shmaryahu neighbourhood to the north of the Israeli city. The house comprises two interconnected volumes; a

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Wave-like facades wrap 3XN’s aquatic centre in southern Sweden

Danish practice 3XN has unveiled plans for a new aquatics centre in the southern Swedish city of Linköping, which will featuring undulating timber and glass facades. The Copenhagen-based studio won a contest to design the centre, seeing off competition from more than 40 entrants, including finalists Zaha Hadid Architects, Erséus Arkitekter, Henning Larsen Architects and Liljewall Arkitekter. The centre,

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Illiz Architektur suspends children’s swimming pool above former underground troop billet in Zurich

Illiz Architektur mounted this indoor swimming pool on top of a disused concrete shelter for rescue forces to offer bathers views of Switzerland’s Lake Zurich. Zurich-based Illiz Architektur won a competition to design the Swimming Pool Allmendli – a 1,131 square metre centre for children to learn how to swim. Located at the edge of the Erlenbach school campus, the subterranean

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NMD Nomadas’ concrete and glass house in Venezuela features skinny swimming pool

NMD Nomadas has arranged this concrete and glass house in Venezuela around a series of courtyards and a slender swimming pool. Responding to the tropical climate in the city of Valencia, the local firm used a series of different sized volumes to make up Guaparo House, and slotted outdoor areas in between. The blocks have flat concrete roofs supported by concrete columns

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Theis + Khan updates Notting Hill house with basement pool and cinema

This west London house has been overhauled by British practice Theis + Khan to a “cave-like” swimming pool in the basement and a twisting white staircase. Architect couple Patrick Theis and Soraya Khan extended the basement of the five-storey House in Notting Hill Gate, stretching it beneath the front garden and part way under the rear garden. The architects

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Gardens are interspersed through Brasília home by Samuel Lamas

Living spaces at this house near Brasília are contained in a cluster of offset boxes with full-height glazing that faces out onto gardens slotted between them. House 28 was designed by local architect Samuel Lamas for a family looking for a home that would offer an enhanced connection with nature, on a site that is just ten minutes from

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Jean-Marc Bonfils reinterprets traditional Lebanese architecture with East Village apartment tower

This apartment block and art gallery in Beirut combines traditional timber and stone cladding with a vertical garden and a bright-red balcony that cantilevers from one of its facades. Local architect Jean-Marc Bonfils designed the East Village complex for gallerist Naila Kettaneh-Kunigk, whose Galerie Tanit occupies the ground floor. During the development process, Bonfils suggested

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Glass-bottomed pool by NOA projects out from Alpine hotel

A glazed panel in the base of this cantilevered swimming pool by architecture studio NOA gives bathers dramatic views of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. NOA created the 25-metre-long pool for Hotel Hubertus, a holiday resort for skiers and hikers in the Italian province of South Tyrol. It is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain with impressive views of the surrounding Dolomites

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Frameless glazing and concrete canopy shelter pool-side lounge by Steven Vandenborre

A glass box framed by a chunky concrete structure hosts a lounge at this pool house designed by Belgian architect Steven Vandenborre for a home in Bruges. Vandenborre designed Poolhouse O for a spot at the far end of the client’s large garden, where it is hidden from view of the main house by the surrounding planting. The intention was to create a

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Malibu Hillside pool and terrace frame Pacific Ocean views

A latticed wooden canopy shades this swimming pool and terrace, designed by Michael Goorevich for a Malibu house on a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Nashville-based architect Goorevich wanted to make the most out of views from the Malibu Hillside house in Los Angeles, which is located on a steep site facing the sea. The architect referenced the horizontal planes of Californian

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Modernist-inspired house in Tel Aviv features glazed walls and cantilevered upper storey

A pair of concrete and glass volumes are stacked at right angles to form a cantilever sheltering a pool terrace at this family home in Tel Aviv, designed by Axelrod Architects and Pitsou Kedem. Dual House is located in a neighbourhood just north of central Tel Aviv and was designed by Israeli studios Axelrod Architects and Pitsou Kedem Architects. The

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Concrete house by Marte.Marte Architects features pool with views of Rhine Valley

A slender swimming pool runs along one side of this concrete house in western Austria by Marte.Marte Architects, offering bathers views towards the Rhine Valley. Feldkirch-based practice Marte.Marte Architects designed the concrete house and pool for a sloped site overlooking the valley, which lies between the Austrian state of Vorarlberg and the Swiss canton of St Gallen. The architects named the residence House

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JSa lines Hotel Carlota courtyard with black concrete blocks

Lattices of dark blockwork wrap around a verdant courtyard and narrow swimming pool at this hotel in Mexico City, overhauled by local firm JSa. Located in the Mexican capital’s Cuauhtemoc neighbourhood, just off the Paseo de Reforma thoroughfare, the building first opened in the 1970s as the Hotel Jardin Amazonas. “We googled it right away

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Alvar Aalto “changed the history of skateboarding”

Finnish Modernist architect Alvar Aalto accidentally invented the skateboard bowl with a 1930s swimming pool design, according to a US skateboarding magazine and a Finnish newspaper. Alvar Aalto’s seminal 1939 Villa Mairea in Noormarkku, Finland, features the world’s first kidney shaped swimming pool and was the precedent for a rash of similar designs in the US, More

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Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals spa photographed by Fernando Guerra

These images by Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra offer a tour of Peter Zumthor’s thermal baths at Vals, which celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (+ slideshow). Completed in 1996, Therme Vals is widely regarded as one of the most important projects of Swiss architect Zumthor, whose accolades include the Pritzker Prize and the Royal Gold Medal. Built over the More

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Beams of daylight “streak across the walls” at Bing Thom’s aquatics centre in British Columbia

Canadian studio Bing Thom Architects has completed a community swimming pool building in suburban Vancouver, with a roof made from a series of giant trusses and skylights (+ slideshow). Encompassing 6,967 square metres, the Guildford Aquatic Centre is an addition to an existing recreational facility in Surrey – a suburban community just outside of Vancouver. The More

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Cornwall Gardens is a huge Singapore home with a stepped garden on its roof

A+Awards: featuring a swimming pool, waterfall, Koi carp pond and a terraced roof garden, this large family home in Singapore was another of the winners in Architizer’s 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Designed by Singapore studio Chang Architects, the home was created to accommodate a multi-generation family with space for future additions if the children marry. Six bedrooms, a gym, entertainment More

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Plural completes plastic-clad house in Slovakia with inner and outer layers

A small pool is slotted between the inner and outer layers of this house near Bratislava, which was designed according to Italian Renaissance principles by local firm Plural (+ slideshow). Plural designed the 300-square-metre family home for a residential neighbourhood in Bernolákovo, northeast of the Slovakian capital. Called House in a House, the property was designed to include both an inner and an outer More

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Carlton Architecture clads North Carolina home in dark cedar and weathering steel

US studio Carlton Architecture has completed a lakeside house in North Carolina that features expansive window walls, and ample use of wood and pre-rusted steel (+ slideshow). Located in the western portion of the state, the Piedmont Residence sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and overlooks a lake. The holiday home was More

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ABK updates 1960s leisure centre with new Corten-steel facade

Architecture firm ABK has overhauled an ageing leisure centre in County Tipperary, Ireland, with the addition of a new weathering-steel facade (+ slideshow). Dublin-based ABK was tasked with upgrading the facilities at Nenagh Leisure Centre – a single-storey building created in the 1960s around what was previously an outdoor swimming pool. One of the aims of the project was to More

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11 of the best rooftop swimming pools on Dezeen

As London enjoys a mini heatwave, we’re celebrating the belated arrival of summer by dipping into some of the best rooftop swimming pools from our archive, including an infinity pool with views of the Tel Aviv skyline and a bathing spot in the Brazilian jungle (+ slideshow). The Pool at Pyne by T.R.O.P. A canopy of concrete frames appears More

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Aluminium House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos features a grand roof terrace and swimming pool

This top-heavy house in Madrid by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos features a roof terrace that spans the entire width of the building and extends out towards a swimming pool (+ movie). The Valencia-based firm wanted the two-storey-high Aluminium House to appear smaller than it actually is. To achieve this, they tried to make the top level feel like the main More

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Angular concrete slabs frame Brazilian house Casa Bosques

Brazilian firm Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura has completed a house in Xangrilá, Brazil, featuring a concrete-framed games room that projects out over a poolside terrace (+ slideshow). Locally based Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura designed Casa Bosques as a holiday home with plenty of opportunities for family and friends to socialise. As a result, the property contains several large open areas, both inside and out. Glazed walls allow these spaces to open out to More

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Studio Octopi designs floating swimming pool for Melbourne’s Yarra River

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: the architects behind plans to create a cluster of freshwater swimming pools on the River Thames have unveiled a proposal for a floating pool on the Yarra River in the Australian city of Melbourne. Studio Octopi was invited by Melbourne nonprofit organisation Yarra Swim Co to develop the concept for the Yarra Pool, More

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Australian pavilion installs swimming pool as “space for healing racial and cultural division”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Aileen Sage Architects has installed a swimming pool inside Australia’s Biennale pavilion to symbolise the importance of this type of public space to the nation’s cultural identity (+ slideshow). Curated for the Australian Institute of Architects by Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, with urbanist Michelle Tabet, the installation positions the municipal pool as a vital public More

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Studio Octopi announces crowdfunding campaign to rebuild lost lido in London’s Peckham

The architects behind a campaign to build a floating swimming pool on the River Thames have now revealed plans to resurrect a southeast London lido that was filled in nearly 30 years ago. London-based Studio Octopi has developed designs to reinstate the Olympic-length outdoor swimming pool in Peckham Rye, which was in use for over 50 More

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“Australia’s swimming pools exemplify the balancing act of architecture”

Opinion: the Australian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale will make a convincing argument for the swimming pool as the Antipodean answer to the piazza – a public space that deserves protection, says Dan Hill. The Australian pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale is focused not simply on buildings, thankfully, but on what is almost More

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OPA finds backer for cliffside residence sunken into Lebanese mountain

Open Platform for Architecture is moving forward with plans to build a subterranean residence that will slice into a mountain near Beirut and feature a glass swimming pool for a roof (+ slideshow). OPA originally released plans for Casa Brutale in July 2015, with no site, client or budget to build it. But the viral success of the renderings has now brought More

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Recessed windows frame pools and courts in Salburúa Civic Center by ACXT

Large windows provide glimpses of a pair of swimming pools and a maroon sports court within this corrugated metal community centre by ACXT, located in Spain’s Basque Country (+ slideshow). The Salburúa Civic Center hosts a combination of sporting, cultural and administrative services in the new Salburúa neighbourhood of Vitoria-Gasteiz – the capital city of the region. The different functions of the More

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Veauthier Meyer Architects renovates Nazi-era swimming pool hall in Berlin

Berlin firm Veauthier Meyer Architects has revamped a 1930s swimming pool complex in the city, refreshing its monumental brick facades and introducing a new ceiling that references the original glazed roof (+ slideshow). The Schwimmhalle Finckensteinallee is located in the German capital’s Lichterfelde district and originally opened in 1938. It closed in 2006 due to gradual More

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Rooftop pool offers sea views at Luciano Kruk’s board-marked concrete summer house

Architect Luciano Kruk and his girlfriend Ekaterina Künzel designed themselves this concrete holiday house, which is set among a grove of maritime pines on the Argentinian coastline (+ slideshow). Named Casa L4, the 183-square-metre residence is located in Costa Esmeralda, a picturesque stretch of coastline set 250 miles south of Buenos Aires. This forested resort is also home to several other More

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HawkinsBrown designs pool that will give the sense of “swimming amongst the trees”

A cross-laminated timber roof covers this six-lane swimming pool, which London firm HawkinsBrown plans to add to a school in Surrey (+ slideshow). The 25-metre pool is the second phase of the masterplan developed by HawkinsBrown’s for the City of London Freemen’s School, which has already seen the completion of a new boarding house and More

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Auer Weber completes aquatic centre with a sloping roof in the French Alps

Set between two plateaus, this Alpine aquatic centre by German firm Auer Weber features wide crescent-shaped windows overlooking the piste of popular ski resort Courchevel (+ slideshow). Auer Weber has anchored Aquamotion Courchevel to a plateau between Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850 in France, facing a valley on one side and an Alpine forest on the other. The roof angles up from the More

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Concrete house with rooftop pool offers views over Portugal’s Serra d’Arga mountains

A narrow swimming pool spans the roof of this concrete house in northern Portugal, designed by local studio Carvalho Araújo to exploit views of the rugged landscape (+ slideshow). Known as Refúgio na Montaria, the compact property occupies the footprint of a former ruin on the edge of Viana do Castelo – a coastal village in northern Portugal. Inspired by the domestic water More

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Mikou Studio completes Paris swimming pool designed using Feng Shui philosophy

Rounded windows and skylights allow daylight to filter into this Parisian swimming pool by Mikou Studio, which features a grassy rooftop solarium (+ slideshow). Studio co-founders Salwa and Selma Mikou designed the €14.5 million Aquazena pool for the Issy-les-Moulineaux suburb in the south-west of the capital. The local architects worked with Feng Shui specialist Laurence Dujardin on the project, using the Chinese space-planning philosophy More

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Vertiginous pool proposed by Tommaso Bernabò Silorata between two matching skyscrapers

A swimming pool with a glass bottom spans the void between two Parisian tower blocks in this proposal by architect Tommaso Bernabò Silorata, which aims to give swimmers a “vertiginous diving experience”. Named Skyframe, the project won first place in an ideas competition run by organiser Super Sky Scrapers, called Sky Pool Paris. Bernabò Silorata’s design features a More

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Budi Pradono’s leaning house in Jakarta built as a “symbol of anti-establishment”

The tilted frame of the house by Budi Pradono Architects was designed as an antithesis to the status homes and mock-European styling of a gated community in Jakarta, Indonesia (+ slideshow). The 320-square-metre house called Rumah Miring, or Slanted House, sits on an eight- by 20-metre plot in Pondok Indah, a gated community established in the south of the More

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London’s first public suspended swimming pool planned for Croydon

After a spate of luxury developments with private suspended swimming pools, developer Guildhouse has announced plans for a Croydon skyscraper with a glass-bottomed pool on the 14th floor that would be open for everyone. The company has amended earlier plans submitted for the One Lansdowne Road building, which was originally designed as a 55-floor skyscraper that would house offices, […]

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MVRDV unveils plans for sunken lagoon park in Taiwan

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV is to replace a flooded shopping centre in the Taiwanese city Tainan with a lagoon to create a “hip urban pool” and artificial beach (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam firm won a competition to transform the shopping centre into a park and is working with local studios The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects on […]

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Foster-designed hotel at Battersea Power Station to feature rooftop infinity pool

A rooftop infinity pool boasting views over Battersea Power Station has been unveiled for the Foster + Partners-designed building proposed beside the historic London structure (+ movie). The outdoor swimming pool will form part of a 160-room hotel that will be housed within The Skyline – a large mixed-use block designed by Foster + Partners as part […]

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Silver House by Olivier Dwek stands on the forested hillside of the Greek island Zante

Stark white walls frame vistas of the Ionian Sea from a bright white house by Brussels-based architect Olivier Dwek, which is perched above the coastline of Zante (+ slideshow). The island, made famous by Greek poet Homer in mythological tales the Iliad and the Odyssey, sits off the west coast of mainland Greece in the Ionian Sea […]

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Skylit swimming pool forms the heart of Bangalore residence by Ochre

Rooms in this Bangalore house are arranged around a large indoor pool that occupies a double-height atrium below a glazed roof (+ slideshow). Named after its owner, Tyagi’s House was designed by local architectural firm Ochre for a leafy plot within the southern Indian city. The interior is dominated by the mosaic-lined pool, which is overlooked by internal balconies and […]

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Andreas Martin-Löf designs hilltop home near Stockholm with views over the treetops

Swedish architect Andreas Martin-Löf has completed a weekend retreat for himself on a steep hill overlooking the Stockholm archipelago, with eye-level views of the surrounding tree canopy (+ slideshow). Stockholm-based architect Andreas Martin-Löf designed Aspvik House as a weekend retreat for himself on land owned by his family. It sits on a steep hill in […]

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MIA Design Studio creates homes with rooftop pools for Vietnamese beach resort

MIA Design Studio has completed another project at the Naman Retreat in Vietnam: a series of holiday villas featuring rooftop pools that surround sunken lounges (+ slideshow). Located on the coastline between the city of Da Nang and the historic town of Hoi An, the five-star holiday resort already features plant-covered day spa and hotel […]

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Urbane Kultur adds boomerang-shaped extension to domed Tournesol swimming pool

French architecture studio Urbane Kultur has refurbished and extended this dome-shaped swimming pool just outside Strasbourg, which is one of nearly 200 built around France in the 1970s (+ slideshow). The Tournesol swimming pool was built in 1975 in Lingolsheim, just outside Strasbourg, but suffered from poor insulation and a cramped layout, with changing rooms around […]

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Townsend + Associates encloses a swimming pool in a glazed box at Chinese embassy in Australia

Canberra firm Townsend + Associates Architects has created a building with translucent glass walls to contain an existing outdoor swimming pool at China’s embassy in the Australian capital (+ slideshow). The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia is located in the suburb of Yarralumla and comprises the ambassador’s residence, an office building, […]

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Origami Pool House by Made Group features a faceted timber ceiling

Australian studio Made Group has completed a pool house for a Melbourne home with a faceted timber ceiling inspired by origami (+ slideshow). Origami Pool House was designed and built by Made Group for a family living in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. It encloses an existing pool in the garden, which was previously covered by a fabric canopy and […]

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Transparent swimming pool to bridge Indian tower blocks 12 storeys up

Developers in London claim to be building the world’s first sky pool, but an even more extreme suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool is already underway in India (+ movie). The five-tower Twilight Star development in Surat, Gujarat, will feature a 20-metre-long, seven-metre-wide suspended swimming pool that is entirely transparent. It will link two residential blocks in much […]

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