Thrill-seekers can take a dip in the 360-degree pool with views of London.
Compass Pools has unveiled a 600,000-litre pool project to be located on the 55th floor of the Infinity London skyscraper. The pool will be made of sheet acrylic and have transparent side and bottom walls. Thanks to this, swimmers will have panoramic views, and visitors will be able to see people floating above them.
To preserve the original views, there will be no stairs on the outside of the pool and on the top of the building: to access the pool, you will need to use a spiral staircase that passes through the water. The designers envision that at night the pool will flicker like a "jeweled torch" and the building will be adorned with colorful lights.
“We ran into some pretty serious technical issues with this project. The biggest one was how to actually get into the pool,” said Compass Pool designer and CTO Alex Kemsley. “The solution was a submarine-like lock chamber, combined with a rotating spiral staircase that rises from the bottom of the pool. This is an absolutely ultra-modern pool project, and also a bit of James Bond style!”
The pool will be equipped with a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed and will be linked to a building management system computer. The system will regulate the temperature of the pool and ensure that no water spills onto the streets below. The water will be heated using energy from the building's air conditioning system.
The designers also plan to place a five-star hotel on the top floors of the skyscraper. The construction of the pool may begin in 2020, when the project executors are approved.