Above ground pools get a bad rap. It's true that they can be less than elegant sometimes, but, as seen here, they can also be just as lovely as traditional swimming pools.
As a child, I thought my friend Megan was the height of sophistication because her family had an above ground pool in their backyard. Nowadays I'm mostly a classic pool enthusiast, but these photos are making me seriously reconsider.
Whether they're recessed into a hardwood deck or housed in poured concrete or glass, above ground pools offer just as many, if not more, opportunities for amazing style and clever architectural details.
(Images: as credited above)