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For Architectural Digest, by KATE JERDE.

There are few summer activities more relaxing--and refreshing--than taking a dip in the pool. Of course you don't have to be a swimmer to appreciate this luxurious amenity; half the pleasure of poolside living is enjoying the way the cool blue water contrasts perfectly with a lush green lawn or modern gray stone masonry, creating a private backyard oasis. Whether in a round, a rectangular, or an asymmetrical shape, the bright azure shade is instantly calming. That's not to mention any additional design elements, such as enchanting mosaic tiles, sleek poolside seating, and stunning waterfalls. These pools from the AD archives will have you craving summer in a swimmer's paradise. Read on for some of our favorites from Greece to Los Angeles.

Photo: Derry Moore

An infinity pool in Paros, Greece, extends toward the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Naxos at a home designed by Mark Gaudette and Torsten Bessel.

Photo: Eric Piasecki

Lounge chairs from Gandia Blasco overlook the pool at the New Canaan, Connecticut, home of marketing executives Avery and Nada Stirratt, which was designed by Specht Harpman Architects.

Photo: Joshua McHugh

In the pool pavilion of Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Shelter Island, New York, home, the throw pillows and sun wall sculpture are by Adler; the cushions are clad in Sunbrella fabrics, and the sconces are vintage.

Photo: Roger Davies

Outside the study of a Los Angeles home by Standard, a small terrace overlooks a reflecting pool with a water wall.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

In a Nashville home by architecture firm DA|AD the pool area is outfitted with Sutherland teak furniture, including a corner bed, chaise longues, and chairs.

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