Whether you’re looking to escape the cold weather or welcome the sun after a long winter, you’re not alone in wishing you were lounging by the pool. Either way, this edit of resort-style outdoor pools will transport you from Mexico to Singapore and Sydney to experience feeling temporarily cut off from the rest of the world from the comfort of home.
Villa Petricor by CO-LAB Design Office
This sensibly designed holiday home in Tulum, Mexico, blurs the lines between inside and outside through open-air spaces, ample sunlight and a nature-inspired material palette. Mexico-based architecture studio CO-LAB Design Office have designed the villa to exude a calming, grounding energy, as depicted by the outdoor swimming pool. The home’s arched forms and garden of native trees seal its reputation as an idyllic spot to swim.
With its angular concrete forms, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and lush green garden, this Singaporean home retreat is the epitome of resort-style residential architecture. Singapore-based architects Park + Associates planned the basement level of the imposing structure to accommodate a 23-metre-long outdoor swimming pool; a place for the family to gather and relish in the site’s solitude.
California-based architects Walker Workshop designed this LA home to be unpretentiously majestic and rustically refined, earning its place on the cover of est Magazine Issue 43. Being situated on a 19,000-square-foot site, the home had space for a 75-foot indoor lap pool and a much larger outdoor pool. Tucked away in the secluded hills of Mandeville Canyon, the home is in several ways closer to a resort than a home.
Clear Oak by Woods + Dangaran
This restored hilltop home overlooking Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley feels cosy and comfortable – yet at the same time, monumental. With wrap-around views of the San Gabriel and Santa Susana mountains, California-based practice Woods + Dangaran have embraced every opportunity to connect the home to its locale. The outdoor swimming pool is a prime example of this; it glistens in the Californian sun and appears to blur into the landscape beyond.
In Australia, a resort usually denotes one of two things; a coastal getaway or a bushland retreat. Cove House falls somewhere in the middle, resting among the bushland which flanks the Sydney Harbour. The brief was to design a place of refuge, somewhere the family could savour the present moment and feel unequivocally connected to nature. To help realise this, Sydney-based studio Alwill have incorporated an outdoor swimming pool where occupants can feel immersed in the bush, with the sounds of the harbour only a few metres away.
Borgo Gallana by Studio Andrew Trotter
Barcelona-based Studio Andrew Trotter have crafted an authentic site of immersion and connection right in the heart of the Puglia countryside. The project comprises classic white sandstone buildings, each opening to an enchanting scene of native grass, olive trees and a 40-square-metre outdoor swimming pool. Lounging by the pool, basking in the Italian sun, one can experience what it might be like to live here all year round.