The highly anticipated Sky Pool is located 35 meters above the ground between two new residential buildings in London’s Nine Elms business district and gives the impression of swimming through the sky.
The transparent outdoor pool with a length of 25 meters was designed by HAL Architects. It’s made of acrylic and can hold up to 148,000 gallons of water. The impressive Sky Pool is the centerpiece of Embassy Gardens, a new development with 2,000 houses in the regeneration zone of the Nine Elms and Battersea power station. When Sky Pool opens next month it will be the most exclusive place to cool off in the whole of the UK.
Sky Pool offers swimmers not only breathtaking views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye and the London skyline, but also the exhilarating experience of floating in the air, ten meters above the ground, with nothing but a transparent acrylic layer on them from the abyss below.
Apparently moving the Bool across the Atlantic from Colorado was an adventure in itself, but designing and installing between the two new apartment buildings was even more difficult with engineers and workers only having a few inches of tolerance.
Thanks to modern technology and architectural innovations, Sky Pool can handle the natural movements of the two 10-story buildings that it connects. According to HAL Architects, it is not firmly connected at both ends. It can slide from side to side while ensuring watertightness.
“The vision for the Sky Pool was based on a desire to push the boundaries of design and engineering skills. Ecoworld Ballymore wanted to do something that had never been done before,” said the Chairman of Ballymore, developer of Embassy Gardens.
“We want to push the boundaries of all aspects of design. The transparent structure of the Sky Pool is the result of significant technological advances over the past decade. The pool experience will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London, ”he added.
The unique Sky Pool is scheduled to open on May 19, 2021.