The Sky Pool, which spans the Legacy Buildings of the Embassy Gardens, is the world’s first “floating” swimming pool. This incredible project has been all the talk in the pool industry and on social media alike for the last few years. The 25-meter-long acrylic pool will allow members of the development’s exclusive club to glide between 35-meter-high buildings next month when it opens.
The Sky Pool Concept has been in development since 2013 and is finally about to open next month.
The Sky Pool Concept
In 2013, a group of innovative minds met to discuss the new location of Embassy Gardens’ outdoor swimming pool. They came to the conclusion that the only viable space for the pool area was between the Legacy Buildings. The builders decided to challenge themselves with something that they had never attempted before. They envisioned that the luxury pool should located in the sky, clear enough for swimmers to see the ground and people below to see folks swimming ethereally above.
“The vision for the Sky Pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering.”
Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Chairman
‘We like to push the boundaries on all aspects of design, the Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London,’ Mulryan added.
The incredible Sky Pool concept will allow swimmers to glide from one building to the other high in the clouds.
Architects, engineers, and consultants have been researching and designing the pool layout at a factory in Colorado for the past year. The groundbreaking pool would be a feat of engineering that has never been seen before, breaking the limits of design and engineering capability. It’s a complex and difficult process for which they have enlisted the support of some of the world’s brightest minds.
Construction is near completion on the iconic pool. Seen here a crane hoists the components for the Sky Pool into position.
The spectacular outdoor pool will, for the first time in the world, connect two residential buildings on the 10th floor, allowing residents to swim from one to the other. Residents will be able to relax and enjoy views of London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and new US Embassy next door from the sky deck.
The Sky Deck at top of the two towers includes a pool, summer lounge, and Orangery. The pool is 25 meters long, 5 meters wide, and 3 meters deep, with a water depth of 1.2 meters. The experience is intended to be more similar to an aquarium than a pool, and was designed by Arup Associates with expert input from Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.
- On May 19, the much-anticipated Sky Pool, which floats 10 stories between two London skyscrapers, will open.
- Swimmers will be able to float 35 meters in the air, with unparalleled views of the city, in the 25-meter-long, three-meter-deep crystal clear pool.
- The opening, which will be live streamed and feature top synchronised swimming team Aquabatix, will be hosted by TV host Roman Kemp next month.
- The Embassy Gardens development, which includes 2,000 luxury homes apartments, a retail space, office space, bars, restaurants, and landscaped gardens, is highlighted by the Sky Pool.
- ‘The vision for the Sky Pool derived from a desire to push the limits in the capability of architecture and engineering,’ said Sean Mulryan, Ballymore Chairman.
When swimming lengths between the buildings in the new residential neighborhood of Nine Elms, Vauxhall, swimmers will be able to take in views of central London. The iconic structure, suspended 35 meters above the ground, will provide views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye, and the city skyline of London.
The 25-meter-long, 5-meter-wide, and 3-meter-deep infinity pool, which is the first of its kind and completely transparent, is set to become England’s most exclusive swimming pool. A marvel in structural engineering that will support an estimated 375 tons of water in mid air.
When looking down 35 meters below, swimmers can feel as if they are in an aquarium rather than an outdoor pool, nestled between the sky and the sea. Swimmers will be able to float between the buildings with ease.
The Sky Pool was transported and installed by a team of specialist architects, engineers, and consultants who had just inches of tolerance when positioning the structure between the two houses.
As seen in the video, the team, which included architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, and aquarium designers Reynolds, shipped the massive pool to London and carefully craned it into place.
The Sky Pool, which was originally supposed to open this summer, is the entire focal piece of EcoWorld Ballymore’s Embassy Gardens creation. The $3.5 billion dollar project includes 2,000 homes and luxury apartments, a retail space, office space, bars, restaurants, and landscaped gardens designed around the new US Embassy.
Featured Photo Credit: Embassy Gardens