Glass – bottomed swimming pool to be built 35 meters above the ground to link two London flats

A glass “sky pool” is planned to be suspended between apartment blocks in London’s new Nine Elms quarter, close to Battersea Power Station. It will be also 10 stories high, or 35 meters above ground.

It is said that a group of British architects and property developers created the plan to build a suspended glass pool, bridging two luxury apartments. Enclosed in glass 20 cm thick, the pool will be 25 meters long and 5 meters wide, with water approximately 1.2 meters deep. The 25-meter swimming pool suspended between two apartment blocks 10 storeys up is part of a new development near the former Battersea power station.

Sky Pool Arup Associates 468 Dezeen 0 Glass – bottomed swimming pool to be built 35 meters above the ground to link two London flats

According to the developers, it was intended to resemble an aquarium but happened to become a ‘sky pool’ that will be the first of its kind in the world. Swimmers will be able to look down 35 meters above ground, giving them the feeling of being able to ‘fly’.

Sky Pool Arup Associates 468 Dezeen 1 Glass – bottomed swimming pool to be built 35 meters above the ground to link two London flats

The said pool was designed by architecture firm Arup Associates with specialist advice from structural design engineers Eckersley O’ Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds. Meanwhile, the residential blocks will also features a rooftop bar, spa and orangery. An additional bridge forms a second link, allowing residents and visitors to walk between the buildings as well as paddle.

According to Ballymore Group Chairman and CEO, Sean Mulryan, he vision the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. He wanted also to do something that had never been done before.

“The Sky Pool’s” transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London,” he also added.

The construction on the Embassy Gardens Legacy Buildings apartment blocks for the said plan will be on completion in the year 2017.

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