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Free Swim

Contemporary and cool, this pool house brings sexy back to a stately Hilltop home.

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Matching design styles is so last century. Here’s proof: This sleek recreation space sits in the shadows of a historic home designed by the renowned 20th-century Denver architect Jacques Benedict. Instead of mimicking the main home’s ornate Italian Renaissance Revival style, the design team—architects at Semple Brown Design and landscape designers from Dig Studio—took a minimalist approach. A 700-square-foot pavilion made of glass, steel, stucco, and wood houses the active family’s exercise area. Oversized sliding glass doors bring the outdoors in, and the heated, buff sandstone pool deck provides space for gathering and lounging (post-workout, of course). Best of all, the 25-meter lap pool seems to steal a slice of Colorado’s expansive blue sky—and that’s always in style.

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