London will soon be home to the world’s first glass-bottomed suspended swimming pool.
Plans for the breath taking swimming pool named Sky Pool have been unveiled for Embassy Gardens – the residential heart of London’s newest neighbourhood, Nine Elms on the South Bank. The outdoor pool will link two residential buildings at the 10th storey – a world first – and will allow residents to swim from one building to the next. The 25m x 5m pool will be entirely transparent with a water depth of 1.2m.
The pool is the vision of Sean Mulryan, CEO of Ballymore Group, working with the scheme’s architects Arup Associates. With specialist input from Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds, the experience is intended to be more akin to an aquarium than a pool, with glass that is 20cm thick.
Sean Mulryan of Ballymore Group commented: “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.
“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 buildings that link the pool are part of a landmark development will see the creation of nearly 2,000 new homes in the heart of London. The development, including the pool, is due to be completed in 2019.