Transparent Sky Pool spans apartment buildings in London
The Sky Pool is a 25-meter transparent swimming pool stretching between the 10th floors of two residential skyscrapers in the Nine Elms district of south-west London – and it’s only open to lucky residents of the complex. apartments.
It is the world’s largest freestanding acrylic pool structure and the centerpiece of EcoWorld Ballymore’s new Embassy Gardens development, which will also include bars, restaurants and shops.
Located next to the US Embassy and close to the south bank of the Thames, bathers can take in views of the London skyline, including the London Eye and Westminster.
The Embassy isn’t the attraction’s only link to the United States – the pool was made in Colorado and traveled 5,000 miles to its new home.
The pool is 10 feet deep and the water alone weighs about 375 tons.
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The structure is the work of architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds. Arup is no stranger to complex architectural challenges – one of his most prominent projects is the Sydney Opera House.
The pool was subjected to extensive stress tests at the Reynolds factory before traveling to the UK by road and sea. It was then put in place by a 750 ton mobile crane, supported by a crane from 50 tons.
“Lifting was a precision process, as there was a tolerance of only one foot when installing the pool in its steel frame,” says Ballymore.
“After a series of technical drawings and behavioral analyzes, the dimensions of the swimming pool were decided,” explains the Embassy Gardens website.
With sides 200 millimeters thick and 3.2 meters deep, and with a bottom 300 millimeters thick, the 50-ton acrylic pool will extend 14 meters between buildings, with steps and seated filtration systems at each end, and five lighting modes to add to the feeling of magic. “
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Residents will be able to dive on one side and descend on the other, which is certainly a glamorous, albeit wet, way to appeal to your neighbors.
“Once you swim, you can look down. It will be like flying, ”says Brian Eckersley, manager of Eckersley O’Callaghan.
Its official opening is on May 19, but the models have already taken to the waters for promotional photos, one wearing a red dress which looks very impractical for this purpose, but at least protects against photos under the skirt of the street below.
The opening ceremony will be hosted by radio DJ Roman Kemp and will feature a performance by the Aquabatix synchronized swimming team.
There are 2,000 homes in Embassy Gardens, with prices starting at 1,015,000 for a twin room ($ 1.4 million). Nine Elms is a formerly industrial but now ultra-chic district, with 40 new developments in the works, as well as two new metro stations.
In terms of historical weight, however, the area’s most prestigious apartments are in the former Battersea Power Station, where two-bedroom properties currently cost around $ 1.1 million ($ 1.6 million).