The world’s first transparent swimming pool links two London buildings

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This pool, literally hanging between two buildings in a new development of luxury apartments in London, is a bit scary. Or even quite a bit, for people who have a bit of vertigo. They say it is the world’s first fully transparent ‘Sky Pool’, and will open on May 19.

The impressive outdoor pool will link two ten-story residential buildings, allowing residents to swim from one building to another, as can be seen in the images. The terrace located at the top of the two buildings will have spa, a summer bar and a greenhouse for residents to relax and enjoy views of some of London’s iconic buildings, from the Palace of Westminster to the London Eye and the new United States Embassy, ​​neighboring the Embassy Gardens development.

Computer generated image of what the new London swimming pool will look like – Embassy Gardens

The pool has 25 m long, 5 m wide and 3 m in total depth (the water zone stays at 1.2 m). The initial approach came from Arup Associates, but later there were contributions from two specialist companies, Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.

In fact, the experience seems that it will have something of an aquarium, with a material similar to that used in this type of facilities, although the ‘fish’ this time will be the neighbors of these luxury properties located in Nine Elms, South London.

For more than a year, teams of architects, engineers and consultants have tested and developed the structure of this pool in a Colorado factory. Those behind the idea believe that it is “an engineering challenge never seen before.”

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The inauguration will be attended by a well-known radio presenter, Roman Kemp, and a synchronized swimming team, Aquabatix, who will perform their show in this unique setting.

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