Five pool houses ideal for cooling off this Fourth of July

To mark Independence Day in the US, we've picked out five American pool houses that are perfect for relaxing in during the public holiday, including a concrete cabana topped with shrubs and a pavilion beside an infinity pool.

La Grange Pavilion, Texas, by Murray Legge Architecture

At this hillside house in East Texas, residents can take a dip in an infinity pool that gently cascades over the edge towards a view of forest and farmland, or relax on curvy lounge seating partially set underwater.

They can then while away the day in the kitchen, lounge and dining room in the wall-less pavilion beside, which features a huge oak tree growing up through its roof.

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Shelter Island Pool House by General Assembly

New York Pool House, New York, by General Assembly

This blackened timber pool house is broken up by a pale wooden pergola slotted into its middle, to make it look like the structure has been pulled apart.

New York studio General Assembly designed the outbuilding for a mother and daughter living on Shelter Island, a few hours drive from the city. The layout allows them to enjoy a dining in the outdoor central space in warmer weather, and then retreat to the covered living rooms on either side when it cools.

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PTX1 Cabana by Wernerfield

The PTX1 Cabana, Texas, by Wernefeld

To match its pastoral setting in Palmer, Texas, architecture office Wernerfield topped the overhanging concrete roof of this cabana with native plants, including sage and yucca.

The rest of the pavilion has a minimal aesthetic – glazing and stucco walls open onto a shaded patio and the pool at the rear.

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Srygley Pool House by Marlon Blackwell

The Srygley Pool House, Arkansas, by Marlon Blackwell

After a day of celebrations in this pool house, located at the back of an Arkansas house, extended family can spend the night in a cantilevered sleeping loft that contains bunks designed "like a ship's cabin".

Local architect Marlon Blackwell clad the upper volume in cedar siding. The glazed lower portion contains an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room that guests could pop in and out of from the pool beside.

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Malibu Hillside by Michael Goorevich

Malibu Hillside, California, by Michael Goorevich

A latticed wooden trellis shades this infinity pool and terrace in Malibu, which is L-shaped in plan and cantilevered from a slope overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Nashville-based architect Michael Goorevich – who took cues from modernist architecture for the minimal structure – stopped the canopy halfway along the patio to create a sun-bathing spot at the end.

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