Thrill-seekers can swim in the pool with a 360-degree view of London.
Compass Pools has presented a 600,000-liter pool project that will be placed on the 55th floor of the Infinity London skyscraper. The pool will be made of acrylic sheet and have transparent side and bottom walls. Because of this, swimmers will have panoramic views, and visitors can see people floating above them.
There will be no stairs on the outside of the pool and at the top of the building to keep the original views: you will need to use a spiral staircase through the water to access the swimming pool. Designers stipulate that at night, the pool will flicker like a “torch with precious stones,” and the building will be decorated with colorful lighting.
“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how actually to get into the pool,” said Alex Kemsley, designer and technical director of Compass Pool. “The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out -- the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot! ”
The pool will be equipped with a built-in anemometer to control wind speed and will be connected to the building management system. The system will regulate the temperature of the pool and secure that water does not spill into the streets below. Water will be heated using energy from the building's air conditioning system.
Designers are also planning to place a five-star hotel on the upper floors of a skyscraper. The construction of the basin may begin in 2020 when the project implementers are approved.