Have you ever thought of a transparent swimming pool hanging from the sky? The world’s first transparent swimming pool located at a height of 35 m between two high-rise buildings in London is about to go into completion.
The aquarium-style swimming pool was raised two months ago by one of the largest mobile cranes in the world after passing a 7,596 km journey from the construction site in Colorado, USA. Swimmers can enjoy the view in central London, England, while swimming the length between two new residential buildings at Nine Elms, Vauxhall.
The “Sky Pool”, which features a rooftop spa, summer bar and orange garden, is at the heart of a $ 1.3 billion project and is scheduled to open next spring. Designed by HAL Architects, the swimming pool will hold 148,000 liters of water. The tank underwent endurance tests at a factory in the US before being transported by road 1,600 km to the city of Galveston in Texas in August 2020. From there, the tank continued its three-week sea voyage to Antwerp, Belgium, and then to the port of Tilbury in east London, before reaching Nine Elms. Sky Pool was born 10 years after the highest infinity pool in the world at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.
Sky Pool will be an important part of Embassy Gardens, the 2,000-house project in Nine Elms and Battersea power station. Located at an altitude of 35 meters and connecting two 10-story buildings, the swimming pool overlooks Parliament House, the London Eye and the London skyline. With a completely transparent design, the swimming pool is 25 m long, 5 m wide and 3 m deep.
Two buildings connected to the swimming pool are subject to common impacts including wind shakes and ground subsidence. But the swimming pool is easy to cope with the impact of not being permanently connected at the ends but can slide slightly while maintaining water tightness.