A See-Through Pool Opens 10 Stories Above London

LONDON — For a break from this week’s unseasonably heat temperatures (for Britain, anyway), some Londoners cooled off in a brand new swimming pool that sits greater than 10 tales above the bottom, bridging two high-end residential buildings.

Made of clear polymer, the 82-foot-long pool opened final month after being engineered and constructed in Grand Junction, Colo. The 61-ton construction was then shipped to London, a journey that took three weeks. It was the fruits of 4 years of building, together with six months of design planning.

The pool is manufactured from clear polymer.Credit…Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

“It was an idea that really stood out and that we thought was quite special,” mentioned Sean Mulryan, the chief govt of Ballymore Group, the corporate that helped develop the residential complicated, Embassy Gardens, that’s house to the pool. “It’s only because of advances in technology that we’re able to do this. Swimming in it will make you feel like you’re floating in air.”

Embassy Gardens, developed by EcoWorld Ballymore, is in a neighborhood in southwest London that’s present process redevelopment. From the so-called Sky Pool, swimmers have views of the neighboring U.S. Embassy, the Thames River and London’s skyline. If they give the impression of being straight down, they might see the road 115 ft under them.

The pool at Embassy Gardens is just not accessible to the entire complicated’s residents.Credit…Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Use of the pool, which its builders have described because the world’s first floating pool, is completely for residents and their visitors — however not all residents, which has led to some criticism. Many new residential developments in London are required to allocate a proportion of their items to lower-income residents. At Embassy Gardens, these tenants occupy 260 of the 1,500 complete residences, which begin at 635,000 kilos (about $900,000). The lower-income residents would not have entry to the pool or different facilities as a result of they don’t pay a charge, in keeping with the corporate that manages their items.