London’s newest swimming pool is certainly its most remarkable yet. But sporting a transparent floor and situated between two buildings at 35 meters above, it might not be for the faint-hearted.
The so-called “Sky Pool”, designed by British architecture studio HAL, has been causing quite a stir since its recent opening at the Embassy Gardens residential development in central London.
“There is no other pool like this in the world,” HAL says of the 25-metre-long facility, and adds, “Life is better when it’s higher.”
The BBC recently posted some aerial footage showing people taking a dip in the newly opened Sky Pool.
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“I think you need to head for the heights,” quipped the BBC reporter. “You wouldn’t want to swim there and look down at the ground.”
Better to look across the city, where you can enjoy views of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world.
The pool, which holds approximately 150,000 liters of water, also has a US connection, as the clear acrylic from which the Sky Pool is made was manufactured by a firm in Grand Junction, Colorado. Once completed, the pool was towed 1,000 miles by truck to Galveston, Texas, where it was placed on a boat and shipped across the Atlantic to its final destination.
Now, if you’re in London and want to take a dip in the Sky Pool this summer, there’s a big catch: it’s only open to apartment block residents.
As an alternative—and it’s perfect for those who prefer to swim at ground level—check out this collection of some of the largest pools in the world.