Glass-bottomed Swimming Pool to be Suspended 10 Stories Above South London
A glass “sky pool” is planned to be suspended between apartment blocks in London’s new Nine Elms quarter, close to Battersea Power Station. The 25-meter-long pool will link two blocks of apartments that form part of the 2,000-home Embassy Gardens development by London architects HAL, now in its second stage.
At five meters wide and three meters deep, the pool will allow residents to swim between the two buildings while enjoying views of London through the pool’s completely transparent 20-centimeter glass casing. Intended to resemble an aquarium, the pool was designed by architecture firm Arup Associates with specialist advice from structural design engineers Eckersley O’ Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.
The residential blocks, developed by the Ballymore Group, will also feature a rooftop bar, spa and orangery. An additional bridge forms a second link, allowing residents and visitors to walk between the buildings as well as paddle. Ballymore is calling the pool “a world first”.
The riverside Nine Elms area – situated adjacent to Battersea Power Station – is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment as part of a master plan by Foster + Partners and Frank Gehry. Two additional tube stations will link central London to new area, which will feature a new public square designed by BIG. Last month, the firm’s founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to turn the chimneys at the iconic power station into giant sparking Tesla coils.