Come on in, the designs are more than fine. These gorgeous pools from around the world redefine "cool" in any outdoor space and will inspire you to remodel and slip into a swimsuit in no time.
At Kathryn M. Ireland’s live-work compound in Santa Monica, a studio building designed in the 1970s by the firm Koning Eizenberg serves as both an office and entertaining area. Guests can gather around the sunken pool in vintage fiber-cement chairs, among lush greenery in planters from .
A staircase in the entry courtyard of Rela and Don Gleason’s home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, leads to a second-floor guest casita with a trumpet vine-covered roof. A schefflera tree grows beside the swimming pool, which is framed, along with the flooring, in adoquín, a local paving stone.
The Washington, Connecticut, home of designer Philip Gorrivan was built in 1840 and moved to its current location in 1955. Contemporary and classic design meet by the pool, which is lined by vintage Richard Schultz furniture.
Beside the pool of a historic Long Island farmhouse, the awning is made of salvaged corrugated-and-wired glass, and the custom outdoor furniture is topped with cushions covered in a . The pool surround and patio are of Kota stone and the topiaries are boxwood.
A minimalist pool at Tuscan estate outside Florence is outfitted with simple white benches and shaded by the ground's many oak and cypress trees.
The poolhouse in Millbrook, New York, of artist and performer Martin von Haselberg, which he designed with decorative artist Nancy Kintisch. The chaises are by McKinnon and Harris, the pool surround is Arizona sandstone, and the front door is painted in Benjamin Moore's Galaxy; the pond beyond was installed by water-garden designer Anthony Archer-Wills.
At a Hamptons weekend home that Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts designed for a young family, tall grasses surround a lap pool with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Teak ottomans by are outfitted with cushions in a fabric; the cement table is by , and the decking is ipe.
French interior designer Frédéric Méchiche added Moorish inspired touches to his 18th-century villa in the mountains of southeastern France. Arched doorways and windows face the pool, which has an emerald-colored lining.
Groves of olive trees and wildflowers serve as a backdrop for a minimalist lap pool at a farm complex restored by architect Patrizia Sbalchiero in the Sicilian town of Chiaramonte Gul, known for its production of olive oil and wine.
For an international couple and their young family, Milan-based designer Eric Egan turned a 17th-century farmhouse on the border of Italy's Tuscany and Umbria regions into a sprawling vacation home. A loggia frames one end of the pool, which offers views of the neighboring countryside.
At Jill and David Gilmour's house on a private island in Fiji, built with architect Tony Chi, the infinity-edge lap pool is tiled with mosaics by Bisazza. The chaise longues are by , and the carved-marble garden stools are antique.
Constructed into the side of cliffs that face the Atlantic Ocean, Kasia Krynska's home in Cape Town, South Africa, designed by TMA Architects, features a central courtyard with an elevated pool. A bridge connects the house's study, left, and master bedroom.
At his midcentury-inspired glass-walled retreat in the Brazilian coastal city of Florianópolis, fashion designer Carlos Miele created an 82-foot-long lap pool that extends from the living room through retractable doors into the lush garden. The door is paved in local stone, the pool deck is made of pine, the hanging chair is by and the chaise longue is by Le Corbusier.
For Ellen Pompeo's 1920s Spanish-style home in Hollywood Hills, Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed a sofa for lounging by the pool, which is screened by cypress trees.