Small Space Swimming: Lap Pools Reloaded

published Jun 27, 2017
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(Image credit: Villa Drakothea)

The last post I wrote about lap pools has been viewed 77 thousand times, because if there’s one thing the internet loves more than a beautiful picture of a swimming pool, it’s a beautiful picture of a long, thin swimming pool. So I though I’d create another one, full of even more enviable photos, since the last post was such a success, and since you’re stuck at your desk, or on the subway, or wherever, and you deserve a break, even if it’s only in your eyes and in your imagination.

The great thing about lap pools, if you are in the enviable position of actually being able to build one, is that they don’t take up your whole darned backyard. They’re like pools for grownups — not so great for Marco Polo, but perfect for exercise, and also for drinking while partially submerged, which is, in my mind, the true purpose of a pool.

The lap pool (above), at a luxurious Greek villa, makes up in views what it lacks in surface area.

(Image credit: Techne)

This lap pool, a design of Australian firm Techne, is formed in a C shape, wrapping around — it’s almost too good to be true — a glassed-in living room with a sunken conversation pit. This is the perfect house.

(Image credit: The Selby)
(Image credit: The Selby)

Spotted on The Selby, a surprisingly moody dark-bottom lap pool provides an almost sculptural element in a Sydney backyard. The abandoned pool noodles seem almost inappropriately playful.

(Image credit: Zillow)

Thanks to the surrounding lawn, this lap pool, spotted on Zillow, takes on a distinctly luxe look — more reflecting pool than swimming pool.