Pool houses were once considered a luxury only the most influential and the richest could afford. But things change and right now having a pool house doesn’t seem like such an extravagance. Nevertheless, it’s something to be proud of and impressed by, especially if the overall design is anywhere near the examples we’ve prepared for you today.
Featuring a modern and sophisticated design, Villa Origami is a residence built in Mallorca, Spain. It was completed in 2014 and it has a swimming pool that runs along the wooden deck in front of the residence. The design then continues with a green lawn and a small garden. To cope with the sloped site, the architects elevated the front of the house and designed a sculptural staircase which leads up to a sheltered outdoor lounge space.
Mallorca is also home to another contemporary pool house. This one was designed by Andreas Hummel Architekt and sits on a 12,60 sq ft area, on a site in the west coast bay of Santa Ponsa. The house is L-shaped and its adjacent exterior walls shelter a large swimming pool that covers almost the entire back yard.
Architect David Barr designed an extension for a residence located in Claremont, Australia. The extension was completed in 2016 and serves as a modern addition along a large swimming pool. The flat roof which connects it to the main house extends to form a sheltered outdoor living area which doubles as a poolside lounge. The extension continues into the garden and delineates the courtyard, lawn, outdoor dining space and pool.
Lap pools are a good option when the space available on the site is limited. An interesting example in this sense is the modern bungalow designed by HYLA Architects in Singapore. The architects actually had to remodel and reorganize a semi-detached house. The lap pool runs along the interior social area. Sliding glass walls separate the two functions and bring the outdoors in.
Who needs a pool when your house is so close to the water, right? Not exactly. The Picture Frame House designed by DSDG Inc. Architects has both a waterfront view and a swimming pool. The pool is sheltered between the house and a green wall lined with trees. When not relaxing by the pool, the owners can go out on the terrace which hovers above the water.
The swimming pool’s shape is meant to evoke nature’s charm and to create a zen and relaxing ambiance on the outdoor deck. A small garden mimics a similar form and the two complement each other. We’re talking about a contemporary villa located in Bordighera, Italy. It was designed by NG – Studio and it impresses with its refined balance between natural beauty and sophisticated architecture.
Designed to be sunny, cheerful and relaxing, the private residence located in Florida is eclectic and beautiful in more than one way. The large pool that occupies a big portion of the back yard is flanked by a green lawn and a terrace that wraps around the sides. The outdoor spaces are large and numerous and the interior is linked to them through glazed facades. The house was designed by Enrique Fieldman.
What better way to emphasize a gorgeous view of a valley than with an infinity pool or a suspended deck that overlook the panorama and introduce the user into the hearth of nature and everything around them? Caramel Architekten designed this gorgeous private home in 2015. It’s located in Linz, Austria and it’s a wonderful pool house.
There are lots of different types of houses with pools. The connection between the pool and the house can be made in various ways. Atelier 111 designed a family home in the Czech Republic which doesn’t have interior spaces that open directly onto the pool area. The swimming pool is placed some distance away from the interior spaces, with a wooden deck connecting it to the glass door.
Most of the time, a deck or terrace serves as a buffer between the swimming pool and the interior spaces. That’s the case with this residence in California. It’s designed by Fieldman Architecture and was built around a large oak tree. The house sits on a slope and the pool overlooks the valley and the forest, being shaded by the trees that grow in its proximity.
The indoor and outdoor spaces are very well defined in the case of the contemporary family home built by Fabrizia Frezza in Rome, Italy. The project was called Villa Olgiata, inspired by the location. A rectangular swimming pool is at the core of the outdoor social spaces. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are arranged on the lawn to its right and left side and a covered living space is placed at the back of the yard.
By comparison, the contemporary family home designed by Jarchitecture in Victoria, Australia features a very strong connection between its indoor and outdoor spaces. The swimming pool is nestled between decks and the exterior wall of the house. The terraced design places various features and functions at different levels, giving each own a unique character and differentiating them from each other.
Villa N by Giordano Hadamik Architects is partially built into the hillside, featuring two subterranean volumes. This design strategy indirectly made the outdoor spaces stand out more. The swimming pool, for example, is quite eye-catching. It’s embedded in an elevated platform that levels out the sloped land.
The decision to raise the pool instead of embedding it into the ground is interesting in the case of this modern home in Melbourne, Australia. The residence was completed in 2016 by Austin Maynard Architects. The pool is L-shaped and follows the house’s architecture and it clad in wood just like the building.
The infinity pool is the perfect place from where to admire the expansive water view unfolding in front of this stunning home in Chile. The house is called Casa Paravicini and was designed by Cristian Hrdalo in 2014. The pool sits in the continuation of a wooden deck and is perched above a second lower deck.
The sloping site on which the Ledgewood Residence was built allowed the architects to develop an informal three-story design. The pool house plans included a series of decks and terraces connected by stairs and a dramatic double-height foyer. The pool is situated at the back being complemented by a wooden deck and a green lawn. All the interior spaces that overlook this area have full-height windows. This was a project by LDa Architecture & Interiors and the house is located in Weston, Massachusetts.
Villa Mistral is an amazing project by Mercurio Design Lab. Located in Singapore, the residence is a waterfront property with bold, contemporary architecture. A raised pool is overlooked by the sloped facade which appears to be looking down on it. The odd angles, clean lines and intriguing forms make the house stand out and since the neighboring residences are not too boring either it actually integrates here really well.
This modern home was completed in 2012 by Raulino Silva Arquitecto. It’s a private home in Vila do Conde, Portugal. The local landscape, sunlight exposure and sloping terrain were carefully analyzed before the design was created. The result was a minimalist and sculptural house with an open deck at the back connected to a pool, all sheltered by privet hedges.
Featuring views of a lake at the front and a large pool at the back, this residence is closely linked to its surroundings. The green roof, wood-clad facade and living walls are other elements that support this idea. The project is called Casa Enseada and was designed by Arquitetura Nacional in Xangri-La, Brazil.
Located in Omaha, New Zealand, this contemporary residence was designed by architect Julian Guthrie. It has one of those pool house designs that inspire through simplicity. It was designed to serve as a spacious holiday home with large guest areas and plenty of entertainment spaces. The pool comes as an extension of the deck and lawn.
Usually, the pool is situated on ground level but every once in a while we come across an uncommon design which features a rooftop pool. One such case is Villa La Madone designed by A2CM in collaboration with Ceschia e Mentil Architetti Associati. The house is located in France and was built here in 2013. it has a sculptural form with a rooftop covered partially by grass and plants and partially by a swimming pool.
The site on which this home in Malvern was built was quite small so squeezing a large pool and a spacious residence on it was a real challenge. To maximize both these elements, the architects at Robson Rak built the pool along the edges of the house with no buffers between. The pool’s zig-zag edge then continues in a straight line in the backyard. The clear sides make the interior visible giving the pool a futuristic appearance.
This is Casa T, a house designed by Studio Arquitectos in Tulum, Mexico. The house has a lap pool that runs along one side of the house, sitting adjacent to the bedrooms and bathrooms. It can be accessed directly from there rooms but also from the exterior, being situated at the end of a garden walkway. The pool is partially covered by the cantilevered upper floor of the residence.
Featuring a really chic and stylish interior, the AA House also has matching exterior features. A large swimming pool sits at the end of the backyard garden. A lawn section with square stone tiles connects it to a covered social area with comfortable chairs, sofas and a dining table. The pool itself has a shallow lounge area at one end, perfect for enjoying the sun while being close to the water. The house was designed by Pascali Semerdjian Architects.
Most swimming pools are rectangular but not that of the Trousdale Estates contemporary home designed by Dennis Gibbens Architects. This sculptural residence is located in Beverly Hills, California and its pool has an interesting shape with oval lines and an organic and yet well-defined look. It’s surrounded by a large desk with comfortable seating and one has a raised Jacuzzi tub built into it.
As the water in the pool is reflected into the roof edges of this modern home in Victoria, Australia, a beautiful visual effect is created. The effect is highlighted by the glass doors and panels which make the whole backyard appear larger. The residence was designed by InForm and the project was completed in 2015.
Built to be flush with the wooden deck that wraps itself around it, the pool built for the Terraville House occupies about half of the backyard space, leaving enough room for a lovely garden or, in this case, a green lawn. The house was designed by AT Arquitetura and is located in Brasil, on a site measuring 350 square meters.
This gorgeous retreat can be found in Maryland, USA. It’s a private residence designed by Robert Gurney Architect and its ground floor functions as an office. As a result, the pool was raised to be adjacent to the social spaces. They dialogue with each other through full-height glass windows and a wooden deck that matches the roof of the residence. The pool is suspended and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding forest.
The A’tolan House designed by the Create + Think studio is surrounded by a lot of rocks and vegetation. It’s located in Taiwan, close to the Pacific Ocean, on a sloping site. At the bottom of the property is a V-shaped pool adjacent to a large wooden deck. From there the house is terraced and features a second deck overlooking the pool and the ocean beyond.
Privacy was very important in the case of the Elizabeth II Residence designed by Bates Masi Architects. The interior is insulated from the sound of the village and solid walls also offer lots of privacy. But while the interior spaces are wrapped in a shell, the backyard is very open. It has a pool with a small deck and not much else, being surrounded by a simple green lawn. The house is located in Amagansett, New York.
Casa R&D is a residence in Brasilia, Brazil. It was designed and built here in 2014 by Esquadra|Yi. The site is occupied by a single-story structure where the social and service areas are situated while at the back of the property there’s a two-story building that houses five bedrooms, a study and a living room. The two are placed perpendicularly and they shelter an L-shaped pool wrapped around a large planter.
Sliding glass doors connect the master bedroom of the Peters Path House to a backyard and a swimming pool. The house is located in East Hampton, New York. It was designed by Bruce D. Nagel in 2006. The pool is flanked on one side by a green lawn furnished with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
The house and the pool are two separate areas in the case of the Vineyard Farm House by Charles Rose Architects. The residence is located in Massachusetts, USA. It serves as a family vacation home and it has distant views of the Atlantic Ocean. A roof deck was designed to these views can be admired. It also overlooks the swimming pool.
A vast infinity pool expands beyond the open deck of the White House, a residence designed by Studio MK27 and completed in 2014. The house is located in Sao Sebastiao, in Brazil and is surrounded by lush greenery. One of the defining features of its design is the series of lattice walls which pivot and open to connect the interior dining area to the garden.
Built on a gentle slope, the stunning house designed by Swatt | Miers Architects has everyone one can dream of. The spacious and beautiful interior spaces are complemented by large outdoor areas and a long swimming pool along a wooden deck. Full-height windows and glass walls minimize the barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces, making the transition smooth and natural.
Dense vegetation and stunning views are the things that inspired the designers of Villa Padma to raise the residence and to put more emphasis on the upper levels and the outdoor features. That’s why the lap pool is not on ground level and why there seems to be an overwhelmingly large outdoor area organized on decks and terraces. The villa is located in Phuket, Thailand.
The AP House is a beautiful stone structure built in Sondrio, Italy by Rocco Borromini. It was completed in 2015 although its design speaks of a different era. The exterior is clad in stone and this gives the house a somewhat medieval look. The interior, however, is modern and cozy. The spaces are organized around a courtyard which at the center has a small pool which could more acurately be described as a pond.
A lovely zen garden and a series of old trees create a very relaxing and pleasant ambiance, suggesting that it must be the same inside this beautiful house we found in Catalonia, Spain. The residence was designed by Costa Calsamiglia Arquitecte and it’s called the Thomsen House. The garden offers a nice view at the front of the house while a pool and an outdoor dining area occupy the rear of the site.
This is a house that has only one floor. The single-story modern residence was designed by Josep Camps and Olga Felip and is called Villa Sifera. It can be found in Catalonia, Spain. The bedrooms are directly connected to a large outdoor deck and an infinity pool and some also have a view of the garden. Small courtyards are spread throughout the residence, bringing the outdoors in.
The site on which the Cove 6 residence was built is dreamy and exquisite, mostly because of the amazing ocean view it offers. The vacation home was designed by SAOTA Architects in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. As the ocean expands in front of the house, gentle hills and slopes unfold everywhere around it.
Architecture studio Kobi Karp designed a wonderful tropical retreat in Miami, Florida. The Floating Eaves Residence has just the right amount of open outdoor spaces and cozy and comfortable indoor areas. It also has a large swimming pool with an L-shaped wooden deck wrapped around it. This is a waterfront property that fully enjoys its location.
In 2011 Wunschhaus Architektur completed a contemporary private residence in Hinterbruhl, Austria. The residence has a minimalist and sculptural design and is nestled between dense trees and a forest with lovely views. The house is raised to cope with the sloping terrain. The pool was also raised to be brought to the same level as the wooden deck.
The outdoor area is almost as big as all the indoor spaces combined. We’re talking about House JJ, a residence designed by Obra Arquitetos in Sao Paulo. It sits on a steep site which means the entry and the main areas are actually situated on the top level. that’s also where the swimming pool sits, being complemented by a very large deck. From up here, the views of the valley are breathtaking.
It’s a little bit odd to see a swimming pool that has such an unusual shape. It’s almost as if it bends to fit on the deck. But designs like this one are the ones that stand out. This pool was designed for the Edwin Residence, a private home in Los Angeles, California. It’s a project completed in 2015 by ANDstudio that actually had to renovate the whole property in order to give it a modern update.
Situated on a small corner plot, at the meeting point of two streets, the White Curbes House is surrounded by family homes and apartment buildings and in a way it’s up to it to make the transition between them. It was a project by at26 architecture & design. At the back, the elongated house has a small and oddly-shaped yard with enough space for a small pool and a deck.
It would seem that the Country House that MIDE architetti renovated in 2015 is indeed a pool house. Located in Lucca, Italy, the house has a very large swimming pool with a small annex, big enough to include a bedroom suite. The pool was designed to blend in with the landscape, preserving the old olive trees and integrating them into the deck.
Contemporary and traditional architecture are combined in an elegant and balanced manner and the result of that process is the Musk Creek Flinders residence, a house renovated by Canny Architecture. Its traditional exterior shell and modern interior are completed by a rectangular pool at the back. It’s framed by a low fence and a few small trees and planters.
The fact that it’s built on a steep slope has a lot to do with the design and organization of this modern house in Vancouver, Canada. The house offers panoramic views of the surroundings and its interior spaces are balanced out by a very large outdoor space which also includes a swimming pool among the tree tops. This was a project by BattersbyHowat Architects.
The swimming pool is a very beautiful feature of the Cove Residence. The house was built in the Hamptons, New York by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects. It’s been organized into two volumes separated by a hallway at the center. At the back a wooden deck is sinuously built around the pool and continues to form a pathway that leads down to the edge of the water.
This lovely house is the result of the collaboration between Czarl Architects and Mink Architects, two studios that worked together to create a design for a home where three generations can comfortably live under the same roof. The house has glazed walls that open it to the outdoors and cantilevered volumes that shelter a pool nicely framed by a wooden deck.
The clients that requested this contemporary residence wanted it to be centered around a large open space which could be enjoyed all year long. As a result, DADA & Partners created a design that’s organized around a swimming pool and its adjacent spaces. The house is located in New Delhi, India and serves as a tropical retreat ideal for entertaining and relaxation.
You can come across this unusual house in Bulgaria. It was built here in 2015 by I/O Architects. A protective shell of gabion walls partially shelters the interior which is only separated from the beautiful views by a series of clear glass walls. The upper floor rises above the rest and looks over the swimming pool at the back.
Villa K is a house that uses its location in a very interesting way. The sloped site on which it stands is in a clearing surrounded by forests. The slightly elevated deck sits parallel to the flat roof and a lamp pool is built perpendicularly to the house, being embedded into the slope and partially cantilevered over the valley. This amazing house is located in Thuringia, Germany and was designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects.
Architect Marlon Blackwell found a simple and efficient way of offering these clients both a lot of privacy and a way to connect to the outdoors. The Srygley Pool House has a closed facade at the front. The ground floor becomes completely open at the back, featuring a glazed facade that faces the pool and garden. This is a residence located in Springdale, Arizona.
Originally built in the 1980s, this house was altered and updated several times and recently a major renovation changed its appearance almost completely. A lot of original features were preserved and used in the new design. The house now looks very stylish, modern and luxurious, especially at night when the pool lights up and the courtyard becomes a magical space. The renovation of the Dalkeith Residence was a project by Hillam Architects.
An interesting transformation also took place in the case of the Stepping House by Bower Architecture. Part of the house dates back to the 1960s. After a few new additions, the whole scale and structure changed and now architecture and landscape are in sync more than ever. The house eventually became U-shaped, organized around a central outdoor space which is a mix between a pool, a wooden deck and a small garden.
Carefully stacked stones help this modern house blend into the landscape. Villa Majesty is a vacation home located in Ibiza, Spain. It has seven bedrooms and spectacular views of the ocean. The infinity pool is immersed into the expansive ocean view, becoming a part of the whole. The lounge deck grounds it and defines the perimeter.
This is actually a hotel that was recently renovated by A31 Architecture. You can find it on the Ios island of Greece. It’s called Relux Ios Hotel and it’s been redesigned to look fresh, modern and casual without losing its sophistication. The volumes that house the suites are organized around a geometric swimming pool on a lower level.
The list continues with a series of five beautiful villas that overlook the Hebil Bay in Bodrum, Turkey. The project is known as the Hebill 157 Houses and was completed by Aytac Architects. The villas are sculptural, with clean and geometric designs and infinity pools that extend towards the bay. The pool and Jacuzzi tub are connected by wooden decks.
After being transformed by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, this beautiful seaside residence became better connected to its surroundings, the views and the landscape. The connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces is almost seamless. An infinity pool is placed between the house and the bay, emphasizing the connection with the surroundings even more.
The pool house you see here used to be a rustic country home in Capezzano Pianore, Italy. It was transformed into a guest house in 2013 by architect Marco Innocenti. The interior was modernized but a lot of the original charm was preserved. The poolside lounge space is perhaps the most beautiful attraction, being surrounded by vegetation and enjoying both privacy and nice views.
In 2015 the Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel was completed. It was a project by Future Architecture Thinking and it’s located in Grandola, Portugal. Groups of small and interlinked villas are placed in a long row so each one can have expansive views and privacy. One of the groups also has a lower level structure and a pool with a large deck. This would be the main building.
What we love most about the Kloof Road House is not the architectural interior, the sleek décor or the modern pool, although they are all wonderful and interesting. We find the pond that’s partially suspended above the pool and has a transparent side to be extremely beautiful and interesting. The house is located in Johannesburg, South Africa and its been recently extended by Nico van der Meulen Architects.
Most vacation homes and even permanent residences share a strong connection with their surroundings and a lot of those that have pools make water a major element in their design and structure. The Thao Dien House is designed by MM++Architects. Located in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, the house has an expansive pools that wraps around a large wooden deck and occupies most of the back yard.
Technically it would probably be easier to build the pool into the ground or to level it to the ground floor deck. However, an impressive and panoramic view can better be admired from a higher level. The cantilevered pool built by Arqui+Arquitectura for Casa Vale Do Lobo in Southern Portugal offers an impressive view of the surroundings plus it also looks cool and impressive.
The waterfall is a feature that makes the pool of House The stand out. The residence was a project by Nico van der Meulen Architects and is located in South Africa. The design is sculptural and impressive, featuring large arches and columns and a large terrace that shelters the ground floor living space situated by the pool.
The house you see here is quite impressive and that’s partially because it’s been raised on a solid platform in order to cope with the sloping terrain. As a result, the deck and swimming pool are situated above tree tops. They actually form the ground floor. The upper level is a geometric box with an open terrace that covers the entrance beneath. The residence was designed by Alexandra Fedorova and is located in Sochi, Russia.
It’s easy to notice a correlation between the curved forms of the Private House in Perugia Italy and the soft hills that surround it. In fact, a lot of the features in its design are inspired by the nature and landscape. This also includes the pool which has a nice organic form. The house was designed by Giammetta Architects.
In 2013, BAK Arquitectos completed a project called Two Houses Conesa. As the name suggests, two houses were designed and built. They’re located in Buenos Aires, Argentina and they each have separate swimming pools and small gardens with cozy decks and social spaces. The design as a whole is clean, simple, modern and inspired by nature.
The rooftop of the Naman Residence is where a gorgeous sunken seating area and the infinity edge pool are situated. The residence is located in Da Namg, Vietnam and it was designed and built here by MIA Studio. It’s part of a larger project which involves a total of 40 villas of four different types. The focus in this case was on offering privacy while also maximizing the outdoor spaces and the view towards the sea.
The story of Casa Privata, a modern residence in Faenza, Italy, starts in 1938 when the original farmhouse was built. Recently, the house was renovated and extended by Bartoletti Cicognani in 2013. The main goal was to keep the appearance of the building unchanged using modern methods. The extension is quite contrasting in this sense. A wall was added next to the pool, its role being to ensure proper ventilation and to connect and conceal the spaces.
As much as the design of this residence tries to place it in context and to connect it to its surroundings, the fact remains that Casa El Maqui stands out in a rather dramatic way. It was built in Valparaiso, Chile by GITC arquitectura in 2014. Because the area is in a protected natural reserve, it was important to preserve the landscape and ecosystems as much as possible, hence the unusual form and architecture. A lovely feature is the garden which, as the client demanded, is centered around water.
The Cool Blue Villa is a residence designed y 123DV. It’s located in Marbella, Spain and has minimalist architecture. From a distance, it looks as if a the house is formed by undulating a concrete ribbon which starts from the edge of the poolside terrace and ends up on the roof. The pool is an interesting feature, having clear edges on two sides.
Nature in general and water in particular are two elements that shaped the design of House I, a private residence located in Munich, Germany. It was designed by Stephan Maria Lang and has an L shape, featuring a seven meter high white wall at the front meant to offer privacy. At the back, a lap pool is placed perpendicularly to the house, partially sheltered under the cantilevered roof.
Looking at Villa WRK from a certain angle, it looks as if the bedroom is dipped in water. A portion sits just above the water in the pool and it’s a really cool look. The house was designed in 2011 by Parametr Architecture and it’s located in Bali, Indonezia. It has an elegant design with classical and modern influences.
In order to understand the history of this modern residence, we need to go back to 1917 when a tower was first built here. It has a view towards the city and then in the 1960s a single-story addition was built. In 2015 the latest transformation was made by Andreas Martin-Lof Arkitekter. The house now has a larger floor plan and an infinity pool that looks over the trees and landscape. The project is called Aspvik and is located in Stockholm, Sweden.
La Lucia is a residence built in an area with string environmental controls which the architects at SAOTA together with interior design studio Antoni Associates had to take into consideration. They built the house on the north coast of the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa and the main goal was to camouflage it into the surroundings as best as possible. The facades mimic the bark on the trees and the leaves of the forest and the pool and tub are naturally nestled within a wooden deck.
Located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this modern residence overlooks the Banderas bay and has an ample interior complemented by vast outdoor spaces. Called Casa China Blanca, the holiday home can be rented and accommodates up to 10 guests. The outdoor social spaces and the pool open directly onto the bay and the views rarely get more serene than that.
When the ocean unfolds in front of your eyes like it does for this villa in Cape Town, South Africa, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. The residence was designed by SAOTA and OKHA Interiors in a way that allows it to make the most of the views. An open terrace extends the living area towards the ocean and ends with an infinity edge pool.
Featuring a compact, cube-shaped form, Casa Sauc takes viewers by surprise by extending towards the back and forming a protective canopy and wall around the outdoor area. From out here, the view is amazing. The surroundings can also be admired from the pool area. The house was designed by NOEM in 2013 and is situated in Barcelona, Spain.
Don’t be deceived by the rustic-looking wooden shell of this farmhouse in Austin, Texas. Its interior is modern, fresh and bright. Completed by Shiflet Group Architects and Glynic Wood Interiors, the house is composed of two separate structures linked by a glass and metal bridge. They share an outdoor pool and tub and vast outdoor living spaces.
Tall coconut trees rise high above this contemporary home in Palm Springs, California. The house was designed by OJMR Architects and it’s a single-story structure with large windows and glass walls facing the outdoor pool and the surrounding landscape. The design is breezy and fresh both inside and outside the house, maintaining a bright and relaxed atmosphere.
Behind the traditional facade of the Kooyong House lies, well, a traditional interior. The mansion is located in Melbourne, Australia and was designed by Schulberg Demkiw Architects. It has an open floor plan and a décor with modern influences. However, it stays true to its style. The ambiance is more relaxed and casual out in the back yard where a large swimming pool and various lounge areas can be found.
Bavaria in Germany is home to a lovely little house designed by Despang Schlupmann Architekten. It’s a modern house with a small pool at the back, a wooden deck that wraps around it and a wood-clad exterior that shelters the cozy interior spaces. On the ground floor, one of the corners of the house serves as a covered outdoor dining space.
The brief in this case was to design a luxury villa that wasn’t constraint about the conditions on the site. JaK Studio created Villa Brash, a hilltop residence with a beautiful view over the bay of Saint Tropez in France. The project was completed in 2015. The architecture is simple and uses a combination of materials meant to complement each other. A large swimming pool follows the gentle slope towards the bottom of the site.
In 2015 OB Architecture completed the renovation of a private residence located in Surrey, England. The project is called Wayside and the house remains true to its history but also takes a big step towards modernism. While the exterior is traditional, the interior is a bit simplified and with classical and modern accents. A similar style also defines the pool and its adjacent spaces.
The balance between architecture and its landscape context is not easy to achieve and the strategies used to do that are different every time. Casa Bosque Real 4 Puntos is located in Mexico City and was designed by MAZ Arquitectos. Finding the right balance between nature and architecture was definitely a challenge. The house was built with small courtyards, large windows and an expansive garden with a pool.
In order to make the most of the views and to offer the optimal amount of sunlight, Casa MCO occupies one of the sides of the plot on which it was built by architecture studio Esquadra|Yi. The site measures only 700 square meters and one of the demands of the clients was for the house to have an outdoor lounge zone which could be accessed from all the areas inside the house. The solution was a longitudinal garden with a small desk and a pool.
The Oak Knoll Residence was designed in sync with its surroundings and nature is a bit part of its charm. This was a project by Jergensen Design. The house is situated within the vineyards and the site is populated with large trees. They’ve preserved and integrated into the design. A large portion of the site, however, is free of dense vegetation and trees. It’s where the pool was placed.
Having a house with a pool in a busy city is rarely an option. The Joly House is a wonderful example. The house is located in Bangkok, Thailand and was designed by Stu/D/O Architects. It has a green roof, a chocolate-brown exterior shell and a large pool on the deck on the first floor, where it gets enough privacy and a nice view.
The unusual design of the roof gives the Belmont Residence in Vancouver, Canada a very interesting and unusual look. The house was designed by Natural Balance Home Builders and has a tiered structure organized on three levels. A garden and a pool complete the power level while the upper ones have open terraces that expose the spaces to the expansive views.
The L-shaped OZ Residence makes the most of the site, its location and the views. It was designed and built by Swatt Miers Architects around a large and sculptural tree and using natural materials that connect it to its surroundings. The two wings are connected by a glass bridge and the rear of the house expands into a large wooden deck with a pool. The residence is located in Silicon Valley, California.
The Constance Ephelia is a wonderful resort in Seychelles, a place where nature takes over the whole design of the place and the views become the main attraction for both the interior and exterior areas. The villas have decks and infinity edge pools that overlook the ocean and the nearby national park. There are seven different types of accommodations to choose from, each one with its own advantages and beautiful design
Featuring panoramic views of the busy city, this contemporary residence in Bel Air, California sits in a quiet area and plenty of greenery. It has vast outdoor living spaces and a green lawn that ends with an infinity edge pool. The interior is elegant and glamorous, with picture windows and earthy colors complemented by the right textures and materials. The residence was a project by McClean Design.
The Delta House is a beautiful mixture of open and enclosed spaces designed by Bernardes Arquitetura. The outdoors become a part of the interior spaces as the pivot walls open up the house to the garden and the views. This vacation home is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil and offers a serene view of the ocean which is most impressive when admired from the covered living space or the adjacent infinity pool.
The Cove 3 project was designed by SAOTA architects in collaboration with Antoni Associates. It’s a contemporary and majestic retreat with an L-shaped pool that wraps around a deck and serves as a barrier between the house and the vast ocean. The views are mesmerizing, the Western Cape Province of South Africa being a perfect location for such a stunning clifftop house.
The sophisticated interior design of the Tanager residence is a great match for the extraordinary views. The house is located in California and was a project by McClean Design. The architects used a neutral and bright color palette meant to emphasize the views and to create an open and fresh ambiance. The infinity edge pool is exquisite and can be accessed from both the living area and the master bedroom.
The infinity pool that was designed as part of the Villa L’Escalet project overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and brings it closer to this glamorous vacation home. The house is located in Saint Tropez, France. It was designed by Vincent Coste and it offers the perfect balance between elegance, comfort and stunning views.
A view of the ocean is something a lot of us dream of for our vacation homes or permanent residences. But simply finding a site with a view is not enough. The architecture and the layout of the house have to be optimized to make the most of it. The Buckskin Drive project by Whipple Russell Architects can offer a lot of inspiration in this sense. You can find it in Laguna Hills, California.