Anyone who believes Londoners like to play it safe may have to reconsider their viewpoint this past year, when the Embassy Gardens launched a pool that was approximately 115 feet up in the air.
The EcoWorld Ballymore-developed free-standing community in London’s neighborhood around the Nine Elms already had a rooftop sky deck with both an enclosed dining area and a greenhouse primarily for their aromatic orange trees, a courtly private theater with red walls and nine plush recliners and a flat screen, and a bustling gym that rivaled Equinox.
Ballymore’s creative minds realized that there was one important feature that the apartment complex needed almost a decade ago: an outdoor pool that homeowners and their guests could enjoy on especially hot days on a scorching summer afternoon. The only location large enough to accommodate a swimming pool, though, was the roof – and even that was not spacious enough. As a result, they decided to build the world’s first floating pool, named the “Sky Pool.”
The 82-foot-long lighted oasis, which runs across two high rises of Embassy Gardens’ famous Legacy buildings and is likely the world’s largest single section of stacked acrylic. The construction was fully transparent, giving it the appearance of a rectangular glass box hanging in mid-air. It was created in Colorado, transferred to Texas, and then delivered over the Atlantic in a span of three weeks. And a portion of it – which was 46 feet to be exact – seemed to float in mid-air. The center component of the basin is hung in the sky, while both extremities of the basin resemble a classic outdoor swimming pool (flawlessly filling a void in the ground and surrounded by a fashionable patio, which was big thanks to its invisible metal frame).
The floating area had two main objectives: first, it was the only viable alternative that did not require reducing the size of the pool, and second, it allowed goers to view the city and street strollers to see the sky. The architects placed filtration systems and steps on both ends of the pool to keep its portion as simple as possible, leaving the entire 45 feet an aquatic and minimalistic vibe.
The developers enlisted structural engineers such as Eckersley O’Callaghan and HAL Architects to help bring their concept to life, performing innumerable behavioral analyses to ensure the structure would not collapse – a risk any swimmer so high above Earth may approach. Architects and engineers chose an eight-inch piece of thick acrylic frames with a roughly 12-inch-thick base that is just shy of ten feet deep and weighed a massive 50 tons.
The stunning skyscraper was designed to push the borders of engineering and construction, delivering the future of design to the present. It was influenced by the Meatpacking District of New York City. The fascinating Sky Pool is ready to open for its guests after a year of postponed activities due to the circumstances of the current pandemic.
Night swimmers will also be treated to spectacular views of the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, and the River Thames. However, for Londoners who want to swim in the Sky Pool, it will only be made accessible to Eagle Club members, an exclusive recreational hub for Embassy Gardens’ residents and their visitors.