Unless a house is perched on a cliff, on top of a hill or on a site that has gorgeous views worth admiring, there’s no main reason to have a cantilevered pool or one that sits up on the roof of the building. Backyard pools are the most common, being appreciated for the comfort they offer and the pleasant and intimate ambiance around them. A lot of backyard landscaping ideas can be designed around pools, ponds and water features in general, the results being always exceptional and enjoyable.
This is Villa Sifera, a residence designed by Josep Camps and Olga Felip in Catalonia, Spain. It’s a building organized on a single level, with internal spaces connected to the large outdoor areas which include an infinity pool that can be accessed directly from the bedrooms. A narrow, covered terrace serve as a transition area between the indoor and the outdoor.
(fer) Studio renovated a house in West Hollywood, California and part of the project was to expand the structure. The architects cleverly added a series of internal spaces and established a beautiful and natural connection with the outdoors. There’s a small backyard pool here, shaped like a pond and with glass mosaic tiles. Between the pool and the outdoor living and dining spaces there’s a comfy daybed that makes this whole space feel intimate and welcoming.
When designing the Osler House in Brasilia, Studio MK27 envisioned it as two perpendicular volumes stacked one on top of the other. This unusual configuration allowed them to have the pool placed under the top volumes which cantilevers on two columns. The pool is thus partially covered and protected and this gives it a particularly intimate and comfortable allure.
The client that requested this lovely home in Vancouver, Canada wanted it to be a reflection of the things he loved in his travels. RUFproject were the ones in charge of the design and they chose to combine elements from the West-Coast and Eastern styles. The house is surrounded by beautiful gardens, bamboo and water, the pool and ponds playing an important role in the overall character and style of the home.