In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal. Cassidy used the pool as an anchor for an overarching backyard master plan that pulled the parts together.
Bark Design Architects created a warm and airy three-bedroom house for a growing family in Australia. Owner Stefan Dunlop demonstrates the deck’s secondary use: as a launching pad into the concrete plunge pool on the first floor.
After months spent researching solutions to make her home’s fabric roof functional, Lisa Sette finally relaxes by the pool at her Arizona home.
Six stories high, crowned with a pool, and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a town house in Tel Aviv manages to both embrace and provide refuge from the teeming Israeli city.
Architect David Hertz has transported this idea of an ecological village to Venice, California, where he lives near the beach with his wife, Stacy Fong, and their three children. The compound—four dwellings connected by bridges and clustered around a courtyard lap pool—is an exuberant presence on a confined city lot.