Brief 

Following news of a vertigo-inducing infinity pool in New York City, London now boasts its own one-of-a-kind swimming pool. This one goes even further though, as visitors are invited to swim between two high-rise buildings in a clear acrylic box.

 

Insight

Vertigo-inducing swimming pools seem to be in fashion at the moment and following news of the Brooklyn Point tower’s infinity pool in New York City, London now boasts its own one-of-a-kind swimming pool, too. This one goes much further in its pursuit of thrills though, as it invites visitors to swim between two high-rise buildings in a clear acrylic box.

The Sky Pool was designed by HAL Architects and involved engineers Arup and Eckersley O’Callaghan, plus acrylic fabricator Reynolds Polymer Technologies. The project is part of London’s Embassy Gardens, a mixed-use residential development alongside the US Embassy building by Kieran Timberlake.

The swimming pool itself is suspended at a height of 35 m (114 ft), between two apartment buildings. It spans 15 m (50 ft) in length – this is increased by 25 m (82 ft) with extending “tubs” at each end – and is filled with 148,000 liters (39,000 gal) of water.

Structurally, it’s made from a single piece of acrylic that has a total thickness of around 35 cm (14 in) and is placed in a steel frame. There’s a Sky Deck on either side of the pool, which consists of a double terrace with a bar and restaurant, as well as some seating areas. Additionally, those who don’t feel like getting their feet wet can make use of a parallel footbridge to cross the two apartment buildings instead.

 

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