Meanwhile across the pond, a planned 360-degree infinity pool with transparent floors and walls is making headlines because of its location… on top of a 50-storey building in London.
That’s over two hundred metres above ground. This is some James Bond shit right here.
I know what you’re thinking: how the hell do you get in? According to the designers at Compass Pools, swimmers will access the pool through – and this is word for word – “a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out.”
Instead of glass, the pool will be made from cast acrylic and include a number of fancy features like the computer-controlled building management system so the water doesn’t just randomly fall over the edge and on unsuspecting punters below. The system will also maintain the water’s temperature and the pool’s heating system will use the waste energy from the building’s air-conditioner system.
The pool will also be fitted with a bunch of lights to give the building’s top a “sparkling jewel-topped” look at night.
Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley told e-architect that the team actually designed the pool first, then the building.
“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.
“Swimming in the SkyPool at The Shard, it’s quite a weird feeling to have helicopters flying past at your level, but this pool takes it a step further.
“Pop your goggles on and with a 360-degree view of London from 220m up, it really will be something else – but it’s definitely not one for the acrophobic!”
Ya don’t say.
The building’s designers have also planned for a five-star international hotel to sit underneath the pool in the top levels of the skyscraper.
Work on the infinity pool, named Infinity London, will begin construction in 2020 if all goes well.Source: The Sun
Image: Compass Pools