(CNN) — For some, flailing round in a transparent field suspended 115 toes above the streets of London is the stuff of nightmares. For others, it is the last word standing image.
The Sky Pool is a 82-foot (25-meter) clear swimming pool stretched between the tenth tales of two residential skyscrapers in southwest London’s Nine Elms neighborhood — and it is solely open to the house advanced’s fortunate residents.
It’s the most important freestanding acrylic pool construction on the earth and the showpiece of EcoWorld Ballymore’s new Embassy Gardens improvement, which may also embrace bars, eating places and outlets.
Located subsequent to the US Embassy and near the south financial institution of the Thames, bathers will be capable to absorb views of the London skyline, together with the London Eye and Westminster.
The embassy is not the attraction’s solely connection to the States — the pool was manufactured in Colorado and traveled 5,000 miles to its new dwelling.
The pool is 10 toes deep and the water alone reportedly weighs round 375 tonnes.
The construction is the work of architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds. Arup is no stranger to advanced architectural challenges — one of its most high-profile initiatives is the Sydney Opera House.
The pool was put by way of intensive power testing on the Reynolds manufacturing unit earlier than making its journey to the UK by street and sea. It was then lifted into place by a 750-tonne cellular crane, supported by a 50-tonne crane.
“After a series of technical drawings and behavioral analyses, the dimensions of the pool were decided,” says the Embassy Gardens web site.”
With sides 200 millimeters thick and 3.2 meters deep, and with a bottom 300 millimeters thick, the 50-tonne acrylic pool will span the 14 meters between the buildings, with steps and filtrations systems sitting either end, and five modes of lighting to add to the feeling of magic.”
Residents will be capable to dive off at one aspect and alight on the different, which is actually a glamorous, if damp, solution to name in in your neighbors.
“Once you swim off, you can look right down. It will be like flying,” says Brian Eckersley, director of Eckersley O’Callaghan.
Its official opening is May 19, however fashions have already taken to the waters for promotional pictures, one carrying a crimson gown which appears extremely impractical for the aim however no less than guards in opposition to upskirt pictures from the road beneath.
The opening ceremony might be hosted by radio DJ Roman Kemp and can characteristic a efficiency by synchronized swimming crew Aquabatix.
There are 2,000 houses in Embassy Gardens, with costs beginning at £1,015,000 for a two-bed ($1.4 million). Nine Elms is a previously industrial however now ultra-chic neighborhood, with 40 new developments at the moment within the works, plus two new tube stations.
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