The latest addition to London’s skyline is set to make quite the splash: a 75-foot glass-bottom swimming pool suspended between the roofs of two apartment complexes that will function as an aquatic bridge of sorts.
The pool is being built in the Embassy Gardens apartments as part of the massive $23 billion Nine Elms development in southwest London, which is creating 20,000 high-end homes in an effort to transform a previously undeveloped area of London. Designed by the architecture firm Arup Associates, it is being billed as the world’s first-ever “sky pool” and will be built by the Ballymore development group. Plans for the pool’s development have already been approved, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Arup Associates says that the pool will be freestanding and completely transparent, with only 20 centimeters of glass separating swimmers from a 90-foot fall.
“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,” Ballymore’s chairman and CEO, Sean Mulryan, told The Guardian. “The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
And for those who aren’t adventurous enough to attempt a 90-foot-high glass-bottom swim to cross between the apartment complexes? The development will also feature a footbridge between the two buildings as well as a spa, a summer bar and, of all things, an orangery.