Spencer Greene and his daughter, Anya, go for a dip in their Palo Alto, California, home. The three-inch-thick acrylic pool window allows the parents to monitor their children’s swims from the LC4 chaise longue.
At the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, a geometric home by Wendell Burnette opens up to the surrounding desert landscape. The pool feels as laterally finite as the house feels spacious—but the view goes up forever. It's sheltered on all sides by white plaster walls, a space envisioned by the architect as a volume that's "half terrace, half cool-water retreat ... projected toward the canopy of the desert sky."
The volumes of this sustainable home in Sonoma, California, echo architect Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, though it avoids the 1949 structure's iconic exhibitionism. The doors allow easy indoor-outdoor living, and access to a pool with an expansive view.
Competitive swimmer Sydne Didier sought a place to train, but found her surroundings in the college town of Amherst, Massachusetts, lacking—especially during the winter months. To bring her work home, she commissioned Austin Design Inc. to create a 102-foot-long pool house in a freestanding structure behind her home.
Located in Sarasota, this breezy seaside home takes a nod from postwar architecture, borrowing elements from the International Style—rectilinear and light-filled—in a distinctly Floridian setting.
In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one off the ground—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal. The final, layered look of the pool and its surroundings—which mitigates a 30-inch drop from house to guesthouse—was completed in 2008.
Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a second home together. Here, they relax at the pool of their sustainable Montauk retreat among modular furniture from Richard Schultz's Swell Seating Collection and chaise lounges from his 1966 collection from Knoll.