At Embassy Gardens’ Sky Pool in London, you could have the experience of flying in the air and floating in the water, both at the same time. It’s the world’s first floating swimming pool.
Have you ever seen a fish flying? We know that isn’t possible in reality, but what if we tell you that there’s a place where you could witness and even experience something like this for yourself! Oh yes, we’re not kidding as the world’s first floating swimming pool lets you feel it all!
If you ever dreamt of swimming ten stories 115 ft above the London streets, you are in luck! Londoners who live in the Embassy Gardens – a luxurious 2000-home complex – could swim in the world’s first glass-covered ‘Sky Pool,’ as they claim it. And even those not living at Embassy Gardens and tourists who are in London could also pay it a visit for a unique experience!
Let’s read what all this unique swimming facility offers and the vision behind it.
Ballymore Group and Arup Associates created both the Embassy Gardens and Sky Pool in south London’s Nine Elms district. To develop it, Arup Associates recruited a team of skilled glass and marine designers. Suspended in the air between two blocks of luxury flats, this pool is 82 feet long. The water in this aerial pool is 4 feet deep, and the glass is 20 cm thick.
Ballymore Group’s Chair and CEO, Sean Mulryan, said-
"The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London."
He further added-
"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."
This transparent outdoor pool lets the residents relax at the complex’s rooftop summer bar, spa, and an orangery. If the tank’s height and the thin glass look too daunting, people can also choose the nearby walkway. The starting price for apartments and penthouses in the complex is £602,000 ($942,572).
This architecturally striking sky pool has also been seen as a symbol of London's housing problems as city’s developers often promise to build affordable homes in central areas only to focus on luxury apartments.
This one-of-its-kind swimming pool is safe and secure. It is connected to two buildings that are subject to normal movements (like wind sway and foundation settlement) inherent to buildings of such scale.
The EcoWorld Ballymore's Embassy Gardens would witness the building of around 2,000 new homes, beautifully landscaped gardens, and new bars & restaurants offering various alfresco spaces and 130,000 sq ft of shopping space.
If this floating swimming pool appears like a human aquarium to you, it’s because it is pretty much that. We're sure it would be an extraordinary experience, especially for swimming enthusiasts and water babies!
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