Join us on a refreshing tour of spectacular swimming pools from Sydney to Moscow
If you could have any view of the world from your backyard swimming pool, what would it be? A long stretch of sunny blue coastline, a range of rugged age-old mountains, a deep green forest or maybe rolling hills of vineyards? Here on Houzz you can have it all. Relax and cool off with our tour of scenic swimming pools from around the world. You’ll find breathtaking views, inspiring designs and gorgeous landscapes in a dozen countries — Italy, France, Canada, Australia, Russia, the United States, Japan and more.
Rustic Pool, original photo on Houzz
Location: Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada
Who swims here: A couple
Builder: Alka Pool Construction
These homeowners wanted a geometric infinity pool where they could swim while taking in the spectacular view of Horseshoe Bay on Howe Sound. A custom-blended black quartz finish on the pool gives the water its deep, dark color while drawing heat into the water to save money on mechanical heating. A Sheer Descent waterfall and bluestone patio round out this awe-inspiring backyard oasis in the village of Lions Bay, north of Vancouver.
Frederique Pyra Legon Architecte, original photo on Houzz
2. Sea Views on the French Riviera
Location: Var region, southern Provence, France
Who swims here: A Parisian couple who vacation here with their 2 children
Architect: Frédérique Pyra
This idyllic swimming pool in southeastern France seems to flow right into the sea. In fact, you can access the beach from here, thanks to a small door near the pool. The pool area is at the end of a long, narrow, sloping lot, with a three-level house at the top. Architect Frédérique Pyra designed the contemporary house in neutral colors using natural materials. “I imagined a three-story half-buried house, stretching out as a linear progression toward the sea,” Pyra says. “The swimming pool is at the end of the architectural composition.”
Elithus i Stockholm AB, original photo on Houzz
3. Pool With a Treetop View in Sweden
Location: Rönninge, outside Stockholm, Sweden
Who swims here: A family with 2 adults and 2 teenage daughters
Due to the cold climate in Sweden, this pool is used only during the summer months. But when the weather is good, the family swims here often. The pool is constructed of concrete and is lined, and the decking is made from larch wood. Stockholm is built mostly on hard rock, so some dynamiting had to be done to install the pool, which was built at the same time as the house. Central to the pool’s design was giving swimmers a view of the landscape. Because the pool is elevated, family members can have the sensation of floating amid the treetops while they swim.
Andre Pierce Architecture, original photo on Houzz
4. Italian Style in the United States
Location: Cordillera, Colorado, United States
Who swims here: A family, for whom this is a primary residence
Architect: Andre Pierce of Pierce + Frye Architects
When building a vacation house in Italy didn’t work out for these homeowners, they turned instead to 100 acres (40.47 hectares) they owned in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver. Here they spent two years building what architect Andre Pierce describes as a “re-created Italian village on a mountaintop.” Two 2,000-square-foot (185-square-meter) guest houses connect by tunnel to the 10,000-square-foot (929-square-meter) main house, which is filled with antique furniture and reclaimed materials the homeowners purchased in Italy. A garden path leads up from the house to this picturesque mountaintop pool with decking made of local stone. From here, the peak of New York Mountain can be seen jutting up in jaw-dropping fashion. Not a bad view for a lap pool 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) above sea level.
Manuel Benedikter Architetto, original photo on Houzz
5. Eco-Friendly Pool in Italy
Location: Scena, Bolzano province, Italy
Who swims here: A young couple
Architect: Manuel Benedikter in partnership with Daniela Wendlandt
This natural pool adjoins a contemporary home built with sustainability in mind in the mountains of northern Italy. The pool needs no chemicals or mechanical systems to keep its water clear. The purification is done by a system of tanks filled with sand and plants that filter the water. The pool is made of raw concrete and the deck is of larch wood, which came from a forest owned by the homeowners. The pool marks the boundary of the property and overlooks the Gruppo di Tessa mountains in the Alto Adige region near the Austrian border.
Murray Legge Architecture, original photo on Houzz
6. Texas Barbecue and Good Times
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Who swims here: Traci Cavender
Architect: Murray Legge
As the daughter of James Cavender, who founded the Cavender’s Boot City chain of western clothing stores, Traci Cavender knows a thing or two about the great outdoors. So when it came to designing her backyard pool amid the rambling, steep hills of Austin, Texas, she tapped architect Murray Legge to create something special. Traci wanted not only a place to swim, but also room for gardening, cooking and throwing parties. This was a tall order for such a steep site, but Legge responded with a terraced design that incorporates a zero-edge pool and a pool house with a kitchen and rooftop garden. There’s also an outdoor lounge area with a fireplace. Lueders limestone surrounds the pool. A large slab of granite creates a swim-up bar in the pool with built-in seating for three that allows Traci to cook meals, walk a few steps from the pool house and serve food to guests in the pool.