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World’s first glass-bottomed sky pool to float 35 meters above London

World’s first glass-bottomed sky pool to float 35 meters above London

Suffering from vertigo? You may not want to dive in head first.

Some may say London has seen everything in terms of architecture – from gorgeous historic buildings spared by the war to the glass-and-steel towers gleaming in the sunlight.

But there’s always a way of one-upping what’s there, and developer Ballymore Group’s newest project doesn’t just look exceptionally Instagram-worthy, it’s also a world first: a swimming pool, hanging in the London sky.

The suspended sky pool, a vision of Ballymore Group’s chairperson and CEO Sean Mulryan, will link the two residential buildings of the Embassy Gardens development on the South Bank at the 10th story – 35 meters above street level.

Entirely transparent and structure-free, the 1.2 meter deep pool – made from 20cm thick glass and looking more like an aquarium than a classic pool– is set to make swimmers feel like they’re floating mid-air.

‘My vision for the Sky Pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering,’ Mulryan said.

‘I wanted to do something that had never been done before.’

The transparent pool will provide a unique view over some of London's most iconic landmarks.
The transparent pool will provide a unique view over some of London’s most iconic landmarks.

It was designed by Arup Associates, with specialist input from engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan and aquarium designers Reynolds.

Ballymore are known for their properties designed to be inspiring and unique; the inspiration for Embassy Gardens lies in New York’s Meatpacking District, with floor-to-ceiling windows and brick facades.

Apart from a New York look, both buildings feature sky decks incorporating a spa, summer bar and Orangery where residents can relax and just watch the world – and London’s iconic landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye – go by.

Embassy Gardens, located right next to the US Embassy in London’s Nine Elms neighborhood, is set to create 2,000 new homes.