A glass “sky pool” is planned to be suspended amongst apartment blocks in London’s new Nine Elms quarter, near to Battersea Energy Station.
The 25-metre-lengthy pool will hyperlink two blocks of apartments that type component of the two,000-house Embassy Gardens development by London architects HAL, now in its 2nd stage.
At five metres broad and three metres deep, the pool will enable residents to swim in between the two buildings whilst enjoying views of London via the pool’s entirely transparent 20-centimetre glass casing.
Intended to resemble an aquarium, the pool was designed by engineering firm Arup Associates with specialist advice from marine design and style engineers Eckersley O’ Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.
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The residential blocks, produced by the Ballymore Group, will also feature a rooftop bar, spa and orangery. An further bridge varieties a second website link, allowing residents and site visitors to stroll in between the buildings as properly as paddle.
“My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a want to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering,” mentioned Ballymore Group chairman and CEO, Sean Mulryan. “I wanted to do anything that had never been accomplished before.”
“The Sky Pool’s transparent framework is the result of considerable advancements in technologies in excess of the last decade. The knowledge of the pool will be really special, it will truly feel like floating via the air in central London,” he additional.
The riverside 9 Elms region – located adjacent to Battersea Energy Station – is at the moment undergoing substantial redevelopment as element of a masterplan by Foster + Partners and Frank Gehry.
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Two added tube stations will link central London to new region, which will function a new public square made by Large. Final month, the firm’s founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled strategies to flip the chimneys at the iconic electrical power station into giant sparking Tesla coils.
Building on the Embassy Gardens Legacy Buildings apartment blocks is planned for completion in 2017.
Elsewhere in London, Kings Cross is residence to the UK’s very first guy-produced bathing pond, conceived as the two an art set up and a public facility.
Earlier this year Dezeen interviewed Studio Octopi architect Chris Romer-Lee, who effectively funded the Thames Baths – a new floating swimming pool on the Thames – through a Kickstarter campaign.