How nice it would be in this hot summer to be able to jump into the cool water now and then to cool off for a moment. And how nice it would be if the pool were not only cool but also “cool”, in other words, aesthetically refreshing. What such a pool could look like was recently shown by the online magazine baunetz interior|design in the article “Best-Of-Pools: From mini plunge pool to unlimited swimming experience” with numerous successful examples.

Hotel Terrestre, Taller de Arquitectura X, Oaxaca, Foto: Jaime Navarro

Hotel Terrestre, Taller de Arquitectura X, Oaxaca, Photo: Jaime Navarro

baunetz writes about this wonderful project: “Anyone checking into the Hotel Terrestre near the Mexican coastal town of Puerto Escondido does not have the feeling that it is a new building. The natural and regional materials as well as familiar forms from antiquity make the house seem as if it has always been there. The Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) office built it in such a way that the lush vegetation could be preserved and no tree had to be felled. Guests stay in fourteen interconnected villas. Each has its own small pool with a wide view over the jungle to the sea. Those who want to swim sportily will also find a long, narrow communal pool on the grounds.”

Apartment auf Fira, Kapsimalis Architects, Foto: Yiorgos Kordakis

Apartment on Fira, Kapsimalis Architects, Photo: Yiorgos Kordakis

baunetz writes: “Kapsimalis Architects took a similar approach on Santorini. The local firm converted one of the 19th-century houses with three adjoining caves into two holiday flats. What could not be missing: the integration of narrow pools in the sheltered inner courtyards. They offer a quick cool down after sunbathing and at the same time regulate the temperature of the patios.”

And here are 2 more examples:

Art Villa, Formafatal + Refuel Works, Costa Rica, Foto: BoysPlayNice

Art Villa, Formafatal + Refuel Works, Costa Rica, Photo: BoysPlayNice

Rendering: Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

Rendering: Family New York, Courtesy of Friends of + POOL

According to baunetz, the floating pool on New York’s East River will be open to the public. The pool in the shape of a plus sign will be fed by filtered river water, a system developed jointly by the designers of PlayLab and the architecture firm Family. The city has already given the green light for the project, writes the magazine. But now the inventors have to find sponsors for their project.

More examples and 70 photos can be found in the article by baunetz interior|design.