The first ever sky pool is being built in London – a 25-metre transparent pool between two ten-storey buildings, 115ft high in the air.
The sky pool is part of the exclusive Embassy Gardens luxury apartment and shopping complex, being built just yards away from the £1 billion US Embassy in Nine Elms, south London.
The transparent outdoor swimming pool will be 25 metres long, three-metres deep, linking two luxury blocks and suspended 115 feet in the air.
Developers say the transparent ‘sky pool’ will be the first of its kind in the world, giving swimmers the ability to look 35 metres down below, with only 20cm of glass between them and the outside world.
A ‘Sky Deck’, at the top of the two buildings, will feature a spa, summer bar and orangery for residents to relax.
The transparent swimming pool will be safe and secure. The two buildings it is connected to are subject to normal movements, which are inherent to buildings of this scale including wind sway and foundation settlement.
However, the pool structure deals with these movements by not being rigidly connected at both ends – and it can slide and maintain watertightness.
It’s part of the Embassy Gardens development, which includes ‘upto 2,000 new homes alongside shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, business space, a 100 bed hotel, a health centre, children’s playgrounds and sports pitches’, according to Wandsworth Council, which approved the project.
Developers Ecoworld Ballymore’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: ‘My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering, I wanted to do something that had never been done before.
‘The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.’
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