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Design You Can Dive Into: Cool Contemporary Pools

Sarah C
Written by Sarah C

Summer’s here, and between grilling in the backyard, camping trips and outdoor picnics, fun in the sun usually includes cooling off poolside…but these aren’t your average, inflatable above-ground pools.

With architectural planning getting more creative by the minute, swimming pools are no longer resigned to the backyard. They can be sky-high, indoors, outdoors or somewhere in-between. There’s no need to blast the AC this summer with crazy cool pools like these.

Jump in and take a look!

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Ever feel like you live in a fish bowl? This ultra-modern home in Spain takes that notion literally, with a swimming pool that has an aquarium-like quality, filtering shimmering aquatic light throughout the house. The architecture is designed to blur the line between indoors and outdoors, and this pool is the vessel where the two clearly coexist.

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Indoor swimming pools aren’t exactly a new concept, but with such thoughtful design like this one, a new genre of architecture can be born. Part sunroom and part swimmer’s paradise, this space feels both highly active and relaxing at the same time. The interior design is naturalistic, with some craftsman influences (note the lantern pendant lighting), but the exterior facade is distinctly modern. Large steel beams enclosed with glass lifts the veil on this otherwise private space, allowing just enough light to flood through for an outdoor feel, even when indoors.

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Blending the inside with the outside—there seems to be a theme here. Take this lap pool that leads directly into the living space of this house. There isn’t much room for patio furniture to surround this partially enclosed pool, so the indoor furniture will have to do. And with windows holding the majority of the home’s facade, the openness and visibility of the pool on the inside follows the theme quite nicely.

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On the surface, this appears to be an above ground pool with a singular depth. Look again. With a clear glass border, this swimming pool can trick the eye, revealing a deeper end when viewed closer. Surrounding a majority of the house, the swimming pool steals the spotlight from the surrounding greenery, and makes the modern building seem like its own island.

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We have seen shipping containers used for many types of new modern designs, and now they can even be used to create a plunge pool like this. Again, we see a trend of visibility of the swimmers in the pool, with a clever window opening at the bottom. This open window also serves to transition from the top deck to the lower level, making the solid container less harsh of a view from below.

Makes you wanna jump right in, doesn’t it?

About the author

Sarah C

Sarah C

Ever since receiving her first home décor magazine at a young age, Sarah has been drawn to the design world, leading her to work creatively as the Marketing Production Coordinator at Y Design Group. When she is not gushing over interior design on the interwebs, she is usually writing about it. In her off time you can find her hiking, enjoying a nice long brunch, and exploring the awesomeness of Northern California. IG: @sarahwinningham

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