'Sky pool' to link London apartment blocks

Emma Woollacott
This 'Sky Pool' In London Is Awesome And Terrifying
This 'Sky Pool' In London Is Awesome And Terrifying

It will be the nearest thing to flying - swimming in a glass pool suspended 115 feet above the ground.

But for the residents of Embassy Gardens in London, it'll be just an ordinary morning splash. The completely transparent pool will bridge the gap between two 10-storey apartment buildings, allowing residents to swim from one to the other.

The first of its kind in the world, the 'sky pool' was designed by Arup Associates, though it took specialist input from aquarium designers Reynolds to come up with its unsupported design.

The surreal structure will be 25 metres long, five metres wide and three metres deep, and will link to a 'sky deck' each end with a spa, bar, and orangery as well as views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Sky pool to link London apartment blocks
Sky pool to link London apartment blocks

"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," says Sean Mulryan, chairman and CEO of management company Ballymore.

"At Ballymore we like to push the boundaries on all aspects of design, 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."

The 2,000 flats in the £15 billion development near London's Battersea Power Station will cost from £602,000. They will go on the market in September, with a move-in date in late 2018.

Also planned for the site are landscaped gardens, a riverfront walk to Battersea Park, a boutique hotel and several bars, restaurants and shops.

The Nine Elms development, of which the first phase has already been completed, has been hailed by London mayor Boris Johnson as "the most important regeneration story in London". However, not everybody is as enthusiastic.

Apartments have been advertised on billboards and in newspaper advertisements throughout Asia, leading to fears that they will be bought up by wealthy foreigners to sit empty as investments - the fate of so many London properties these days.

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