London’s sky pool- swim in the air

You’ve seen infinity pools that add a touch of Palm Beach-chic to luxury condos and five-star resorts. Now comes the “Sky Pool,” an outdoor swimming pool dangling 10 stories above London.

Swimmers will be able to look through the transparent pool — which will be 82 feet long, 16 feet wide and 10 feet deep — at the bustling city life on the streets below.

A “sky deck” will include a bar, a spa and bird’s eye views of the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, the city’s giant landmark Ferris wheel.sky2

Developers in London are building what they claim is the world’s first “sky pool” — a 25-meter-long swimming pool suspended 10 stories in the air between two blocks of luxury flats. The transparent pool at Embassy Gardens will be three meters deep with a water depth of 1.2 meters, and will be constructed with the help of aquarium designers using 20-cm-thick glass. The pool will allow residents to swim between the development’s roof-top bar, spa, and orangery (a walkway will be available as well), with prices for apartments and penthouses in the complex starting at £602,000 ($942,572).

 

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Although the sky pool is certainly architecturally striking, the project can also be seen as symbolic of London’s housing problems, with developers in the city often promising to build affordable homes in central areas only to focus on luxury apartments instead. Embassy Gardens itself is part of the larger Nine Elms development in southwest London, which is intended to regenerate the inner-city district of Battersea. Instead, say critics, homes in the $23 billion development are being marketed primarily to wealthy buyers in Asia and the Middle East, with locals simply priced out of the market.

 

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