Everybody knows about the enviable Scandinavian custom of using the bounties of water for keeping in good physical and mental health. The young architects’ studio Claesson Koivisto Rune, founded in Stockholm in 1995 and whose work straddles between architecture and design, has just designed and completed a pavilion with two pools for a villa built […]
One of the most fashionable destinations for today’s travelers is undoubtedly Mexico’s San José del Cabo. Good food, golf courses and water activities –including whale watching, diving and surfing– are just some of the ingredients that make this corner in the southeast part of Baja California an unforgettable place for a getaway.
The downtown area of Houston (USA) has been undergoing a major urban transformation over the past 10-plus years. Like many cities across the world, this major metropolis in the state of Texas is rolling out municipal policies to provide more office space and residential developments to future citizens while also promoting itself as a tourist […]
Fountains are a regular meeting point in cities. They are identifiable and relaxing constructions that improve the look of a city and provide a breathing space for stressed-out city dwellers. Below we outline a number of fountains which appeal for different reasons.
Diving is one of the most visually spectacular and exciting sports. Proof of this is the absolute silence that reigns in Olympic stadiums from the moment a diver plunges off the springboard and lands in the water. Given the huge hypnotic effect this traditional sports discipline has on spectators, what would happen if the divers […]
Tucked away in an idyllic spot in the Pyrenees is a place where children can relax, make friends and enjoy water year-round whether rain, hail or shine. The place is Likids, the world’s first children’s spa.
The owners of this house in Paterna wanted to renovate the property, a series of volumes that has been in the family for generations. Architecture firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos came up with a solution to give it a new and uniform identity that would meet the clients’ specific expectations: to maintain the structure, spaces, uses, garden and […]
Since the mid-90s, swimming has been an essential exercise for astronauts. That’s not because a large mass of water had been discovered in space in that decade, but because since then it has been a fundamental part of the training NASA astronauts undergo in a giant swimming pool.
With 35 million surfers around the world, surfing as a pastime and the lifestyle surrounding it have not stopped growing in popularity. The consolidation of artificial wave pools for practising this sport now opens new avenues of business.
In contrast to Far East buildings made from stone, wood or mud and distinguished mainly by their heavy and rotund nature, today we discover an oriental-style building which is surprising precisely because of its change of tack regarding choice of materials.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of photographer Slim Aarons, whose camera immortalised American high society between the 1950s and 80s. His shots tell stories of privilege and influence and made the swimming pool an object of desire for many generations.
There’s no paved road to reach this gorgeous place and you also have to cross a river (only possible in summer as the bed overflows on rainy winter days). Once there, you come across a rustic property, green for most of the year, filled with olive trees and rocks, and four simple buildings that have […]
Peter Zumthor signed off on one of his most international projects in 1996: the Therme Vals spa complex. Two decades on, there isn’t an architect in the world who doesn’t long to relax in the evocative waters of this space and discover the secret to its architecture.
Clavel Arquitectos designed and built a beautiful crossed house in a property development located in Molina de Segura, in the Spanish region of Murcia. The single-family property, which boasts views over the surrounding Sierra de la Pila and Valle de Ricote mountains, ingeniously harnesses sunlight and solar energy
Water is the star of this family dwelling, perfectly integrated with the landscape. The surprise effect is guaranteed: from the street, it appears to be a simple and discreet home, but it becomes more complex as you delve further inside. The rear, surrounded by nature, holds a well-kept secret: a split-level infinity pool that defies […]
When we decide to build a pool in our garden, one of the most important questions we should ask ourselves is what shape it will be. There are some guidelines that can help us make the decision and get the best results, both in terms of style and purpose.
The private life of the rich and famous has always generated a huge amount of interest. Would you like to know where eight of the world’s most influential celebrities relax? We reveal the pools – authentic oases – where actors, models and singers switch off from the daily grind of filming, concerts, photo sessions and […]
Among 449 projects submitted, the judges of the 13th Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism highlighted 22 pieces of work “for their attitude, completely different from anything ever suggested before in interventions on heritage sites, the city and the landscape”.
There’s no need to grab your passport but you’re about to go on a journey around four architectural gems spread across the globe. This trip includes a museum, two temples and one monument, all of which have one thing in common: the use of reflecting pools.
Under the Castle of Santa Catalina, in the neighbourhood of San Juan – one of the poorer parts of Jaén’s old quarter – Brijuni Arquitectos has designed and built a block of 12 dwellings with façades full of colour. The building rises up above a shared community space with a nice attractive pool that is ideal for […]
These three pools that touch the ocean are guaranteed to provide an unforgettable aquatic experience whatever your tastes.
Aonagi is a boutique luxury hotel in the Japanese region of Setouchi, in Okayama Prefecture. This painstakingly developed hotel project boasts only seven rooms and was designed 17 years ago by Tadao Ando, a brilliant self-taught Japanese architect whose exquisite work –famous for the use of concrete, light and water– earned him the Pritzker Prize, […]
Pools have long been chosen by artists as the perfect backdrop for their music videos. This list includes eighties icons, rock bands and pop stars who’ve gotten wet and wild in their videos and made a splash to promote their songs.
Just on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, between the 74 islands that make up the archipelago of Whitsunday, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be found Hamilton Island. Facing the coast of Queensland, Australia, it is the archipelago’s largest inhabited island, has its own commercial airport and is just a short boat […]
Can you think of a better way to escape the usual hustle and bustle of air travel than with a refreshing dip? The three airports below all have a pool, a guaranteed way to beat the boredom and make layovers, delayed flights and cancellations more (much more) bearable.
Today, we once again turn our attention to 1970s architecture, in particular the work of Ricardo Bofill, an architect whose emblematic designs include the Barcelona airport expansion, the W Barcelona hotel, the remodel of an old cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona (which he turned into his headquarters, the Taller de Arquitectura), and the design […]
You can be sure that whoever visits Formentera for the first time will be dazzled by its natural beauty and will keep a picture of it in their minds, as well as an intense desire to return. This flat, stony Balearic island is well known for its crystalline water, its idyllic beaches and spectacular cliffs.
Interventions in historic buildings are a great challenge for any professionals who wish to bring in new skills to transform and update heritage sites. On many occasions a great deal of care and attention is taken in the makeovers given to this legacy. A fine balance must be struck between respecting what is already there […]
The Cool Pool once again turns the spotlight on the Mediterranean with this exquisite family home that showcases natural stone, concrete, glass, water and the surrounding vegetation. Located in Jávea, Valencia, along the stunning coast between El Portitxol and Cala Blanca, Sardinera House dominates a hillside that rises above the Mediterranean’s turquoise water with a […]
Urban Plunge (Capbussó Urbà), an exhibition featuring designs that explore new ways to enjoy urban swimming, will run at the Roca Barcelona Gallery from 26 January through 23 April.
The Dutch firm of architects MVRDV is to design a new lagoon in the city centre of Tainan in Taiwan. The project will entail the demolition of the China-Town shopping mall, which was built in 1983 and is now in urgent need of replacement due to its dilapidated state of repair.
Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) is a reservoir that was built on the Colorado River where it passes through the US city of Austin, Texas, for the purposes of containing floods and providing a leisure facility in the region..
Ten years ago, the owners of a historic 1900 Italian villa decided to extend it by opening up its thick load-bearing walls and adding a glass gallery on the ground floor to connect the inside of the home with its spectacular natural surroundings.
The architect John Lautner designed and built the Sheats Goldstein residence in the early 60s on a piece of property a short distance from the Beverly Hills border. The home was originally built for Helen (an artist) and Paul (a doctor) Sheats and their three children, who commissioned Lautner to build their new residence in an environment […]
The Dune of Pilat, located at the entrance to Arcachon Bay off Cape Ferret, is one of the most spectacular natural areas along the Aquitaine’s coastal landscape to the west of Bordeaux.The dune is one of the region’s most impressive natural formations. Its 100-metre crest, the highest in Europe, is today one of the most […]
Would you love to swim in an ancient Roman cistern, relax in a swimming pool overlooking the Aegean Sea or take a dip under Gothic arches? Then discover these three pools which, despite being covered, are filled with light and history.
The owner of this 17th-century building had always dreamed of having a pool in his garden. Unfortunately, the size and poor orientation forced him, at first, to dismiss the idea and focus 100% on renovating his home.
Owing to the success of the first edition, The Cool Pool Design Awards have extended the deadline for submitting documentation for the Pro category until 1 September 2016. The first prize in the Pro category is a trip for two to New York with a ticket for Aire Ancient Baths*, an exclusive spa where you […]
With family or friends, spending the day at a water park is fun guaranteed. Here we have four parks that are well worth a visit thanks to their architecture and attractions.
If we were to ask a group of people to make a list of things you can find on the floor of a swimming pool, the signature of a genius such as Pablo Picasso would certainly not be among their answers. Here are five projects that fuse swimming pools and art together, including a fashion […]
Delicately poised in an ancient farming area of the Dutch province of Zeeland, Paul de Ruiter Architects have created a self-sufficient luxury home.
The Paris suburb of Bagneux inaugurated its new local pool facilities last September. The already decadent original building, built in the 1950s, was revamped as part of an urban regeneration project led by Strasbourg-based architects Dominique Coulon et Associés.
Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of architecture”, since 1979 the Pritzker Awards annually recognise the outstanding career of an international architect. Today we take a look at three pools designed by architects who have won one of these prestigious awards.
This month we pay tribute to the long history of great swimming pools scenes in film. We take a look at five scenes in which, one way or another, the pool plays a leading role. Have we left out your favourite? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
Located on the former souk that stood there in the times of the Muslim conquest of Spain, whoever wonders into this corner of Almería will discover the city’s Plaza Vieja. Its Town Hall is also found there and, if you’re looking for a room, you will also come across the Hotel Lounge Plaza Vieja designed […]
Tepoztlán is located in Morelos, a state in south-central Mexico. Given its location less than fifty miles from the Mexican capital and pleasant climate, the town is known as a popular tourist destination among the citizens of Mexico City.
Take a dip outside in January? We recommend three natural spas located in unique spots where visitors can enjoy the benefits of hot springs year-round.
The rooftops of some luxury hotels conceal magical pools, veritable oases in the middle of urban landscapes accessible to only a few. This article will highlight a selection of five rooftop pools where lucky customers can enjoy a relaxing dip above the cityscape.
In southeast Vietnam, in the city of Nha Trang, the architecture team at a21 studio have just finished work on the facilities for a hot spring resort, which has a unique architectural touch. Located on a hillside, it stands out thanks to its unusual roof and the triangular layout of its indoor swimming pool.
The triangulated cross-laminated roof trusses in wood that can be seen in the picture make up this spectacular space designed by the London-based practice, Duggan Morris Architects, as part of the refurbishment of the swimming pool in the 1980 building, Alfriston School in Buckinghamshire.
The Internet of Things is a concept that has been talked about for some time now. The idea of a network with millions of sensors and instruments that monitor how everyday objects work first came out in the 1990s, when forward-thinking people began to toy with the idea of smart domestic appliances, such as fridges […]
Built by the French architect Jean-Michel Ruols, Inúu has become a benchmark in Europe for the personal care and wellbeing sector. Located in the town of Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra), this innovative wellness centre is attached to the Caldea spa complex and covers a total surface area of 12,400 m2, of which 2,580 m2 are taken up […]
Many hotels include a choice of health treatment services that make them stand out from the rest. Establishments that are exclusively devoted to enjoy the physical benefits of water are becoming increasingly common. In almost every case, this means going to a wellness facility. The 2013 edition of the report, the Global Spa & Wellness […]
The Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia has constructed an eleven-by-five foot swimming pool in the Southern California desert, open to anyone who wants to use it. It is an artistic piece whose existence was made possible through the collaboration between the artist, a Vienna resident, and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. White and […]
Pool design, just like the designs of cars and sunglasses, has evolved over the years. Infinite pools, organic shapes, architectural integration. When it comes to developing a project of these characteristics the designers’ work is becoming increasingly more exquisite. Along with aesthetic quality anyone who is thinking of installing a swimming pool next to their […]
New York will witness the construction of the world’s first water-filtering floating pool, the + POOL. Last spring, its creators announced the start of the building work and the subsequent completion of a floating laboratory on the River Hudson, as well as the launch of a new online platform set up in partnership with Google […]
In the area between Calpe and Altea, overlooking the Peñón de Ifach (Rock of Ifach), Silvestre Architects has designed a house that appears to be floating in the air, a place where the owner feels like he is walking on water. The blank canvas for this cliff house was a steep lot with sea views. […]
Innovative pool maintenance accessories that aim to make living with a pool easier are increasingly available on the market. Pool owners know that water quality, temperature, cleanliness, level and the type of chemical products used must constantly be monitored. Like in other industries, implementing advanced technology in pools makes taking care of all these factors […]
TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Traveller have both placed this luxurious hotel, located in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, at the top of their World’s Best Swimming Pool 2014 ranking.
Paris is the city of light and its metro is one of the most famous in the world. Some of its stations, converted into ghost stations after being abandoned, will once again be used once this proposal by Paris architecture firm Oxo Architectes, founded by architect Manal Rachdi, becomes a reality.