Pool houses are typically free-standing buildings designed to accompany swimming pools, providing swimmers with changing facilities and creating an architectural focal point in a garden.
Ranging from simple shading devices to more extravagant structures for resting, cooking and socialising, they vary in size and style and offer users the feel of a luxury summer retreat just by stepping outside.
Read on for 10 tranquil pool houses that add luxury to gardens:
Disguised as a brick garden wall, this pool house was designed by Knox Bhavan to be "virtually invisible" within the grounds of a Georgian home in Kent.
To achieve this, the building takes advantage of an existing slope and retaining wall on the site. A short colonnade shelters a seating area and leads into a skylit shower, storage area and plant room, while steps on either side lead up to a walk-on roof.
Coloured concrete forms the walls of this sculptural pavilion, which can be found beside a pool of water in a wooded garden in Flanders.
Intended to contrast the verdant surroundings, the pink walls also extend out around the swimming pond – a type of pool that uses a natural filtration system.
Mies van der Rohe's seminal Barcelona Pavilion informed the design of this pool house, which MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects created for a home in southern Quebec.
The minimalist structure features a material palette of concrete, glass and wood and incorporates a shaded terrace, gym and areas for changing and bathing.
It has a whitewashed-concrete structure, built with vernacular construction techniques chosen by the studio to "respect both the local craftspeople and means of construction as well as the landscape and climate".
In Texas, Murray Legge Architecture designed a pavilion around the trunks of oak trees in the yard of a hillside house. Holes in its wooden canopy also allow branches to pass through it.
The structure shades an outdoor lounge and a dining space that stretches out across a single horizontal plane.
"Asserting its presence with a singular, bold and robust frame, this house sits impressively within its surroundings," said Indian studio 42mm Architecture.
Heathside Poolhouse is a semicircular pavilion elevated on a round plinth in the gardens of a home in Surrey. It is lined with full-height sliding doors and crowned by a roof made of corrugated metal.
The curved form of the building juxtaposes the long, linear shape of the pool and contains space for a kitchen and seating area, a bathroom and storage, which Surman Weston framed with exposed Douglas fir.
Steven Vandenborre opted for a chunky concrete structure and frameless glazing for this poolside building, which forms part of a house in Bruges.
The pavilion, which has a deliberately simple design, occupies a spot at the far end of the client's large garden, nestling in amongst the surrounding plants so that it is hidden from view.
Blackened wood clads the exterior of this cabin, which is designed as a garden retreat for the owners of a remote residence at the eastern end of Long Island.
The structure was divided into two volumes that are punctured by expanses of glass and linked by a central pergola and an external terrace that runs along its front elevation.
Architecture studio FRPO designed this Spanish pool house to accompany a group of residences on the outskirts of Madrid.
While providing shelter for swimming, the gridded concrete structure also contains white-tiled counters for food preparation and cooking.