Take a Dip



As the weather inches towards summer, we’ve got pools on the brain. Not just any pools, mind you: a far cry from the basic concrete rectangles, rocky swimming holes, or above-ground pools familiar across America, these five swimming pools are part of a larger architectural vision. We’ve picked a handful of international homes (including three in Spain, where architects apparently take their swimming pools seriously) that have meshed fanciful water features into equally incredible living spaces.

Casa Son Vida (Mallorca, Spain) by tecDesign, Inc.

You’d never guess that this over-the-top Mediterranean home with a space-age pool was sustainably built, but it incorporates passive cooling, geothermal technology, solar energy, and recycled rainwater. Also: deck chairs in the pool. Enough said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.hurdle Greg Stat

    I love this complex. Everything around it it oh so blue. Niiicceee!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1178050293 Jason Ford

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! My new dream home!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/oagwood Oliver Greenwood

    Neat living space, but a rectangular pool.

  • http://twitter.com/Karol_el_polaco Karol Grudzien

    nice pool and the hose not bad too

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AQ7ZL3GNS2ODL6IPXZRKTDGOS4 Charlotte A

    I’m all about your home being your place of peace. The first two photos definitely display that vision. For me, when I’m at home that’s MY sanctuary. You have to have it according to you, not anyone else. Except those who’ll be there too, I have two boys and they’d be cool with this pool and us living in an efficiency! LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/BLADESIS300 David Huynh

    Is this house owned by someone that loves disney? I can see a hidden mickey on the side of the house. The pool concept is great. It has that beach feel area where you are not all in the water and it great for kids.

  • Anonymous

    Of those displayed, this one is the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rayluci Raynard Bly

    Yes,.. this is an eye opener.

  • http://twitter.com/_imBjay Bejota

    jjajaja si es que.. en España vivimos bien!

  • http://DiaAvalon.tumblr.com/ Dia Avalon

    I so Need that….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Grimaldi/100000160359292 James Grimaldi

    Beautiful, but how about an outdoor pool table?

  • http://twitter.com/JessieLBrown Jessie L. Brown


  • http://profiles.google.com/jocelynn.pearl Jocelynn Pearl

    All gorgeous pool designs! I also like that pool at the Fasano in Rio overlooking the beach, or the Phillipe Starck design at the Delano (slightly more mundane, but the atmosphere is divine).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adel-Nasehi/100000448313969 Adel Nasehi

    woow royal house

  • http://profiles.google.com/timetotalkbusiness K. Shields

    That is the cutest pool

  • http://profiles.google.com/timetotalkbusiness K. Shields

    That is the cutest pool

  • http://twitter.com/boardroombboys Ronald Gaineous

    I love design. This is the beauty that can be expressed when we allow our minds to wander and not be confined. Whether via words, oil on canvas, concrete, carving and shaping land, or simply the way we live our lives 24.7, the artist within is a beautiful thing. We all should find our artist within.

  • Btuuced Mkmkm

    That’s an awesome pool man

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584338130 Rza Miguel

    In architecture designer are gods.

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