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​World's First Floating Sky Pool Where You Can Swim 115ft Above London Opens Next Month

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​World's First Floating Sky Pool Where You Can Swim 115ft Above London Opens Next Month

The world's first 'floating' swimming pool is due to open next month, giving swimmers the opportunity to feel like they're 'flying' 115ft above London.

The Sky Pool is part of the luxurious Embassy Gardens development in London's Nine Elms, and is suspended between two buildings to give the illusion that it is floating in the sky - quite the spectacle, if you're brave enough.

The 82ft-long, 50-tonne pool - which is set to open on 19 May - also features a rooftop bar and spa to provide the ultimate sky-high package for members of the exclusive Eg:le club.

Credit: Embassy Gardens
Credit: Embassy Gardens
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Brian Eckersley, Director of Sky Pool structural engineers Eckersley O'Callaghan, said: "Once you swim off, you can look right down. It will be like flying."

Announcing the launch of the Sky Pool next month, Embassy Gardens said the structure will be filled with '148,000 litres of water and allow swimmers to float 35 metres in the air between two residential buildings'.

The Instagram post added: "Our 'never been done before world first' SKY POOL is getting ready to launch next month on 19 May."

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According to Embassy Gardens' website, the concept of the Sky Pool was born on a 'hot summer's day in 2013'.

The website explains: "Our creative teams gathered to discuss where to locate Embassy Gardens' outdoor swimming pool. We decided the only space large enough was between the Legacy Buildings.

"As thinking developed, the gauntlet was thrown down: the pool should be a sky pool, something transparent so swimmers could see the ground, and people below could see the sky."

The team at Embassy Gardens got in touch with architecture firms Hal Currey and Arup Associates, who worked with structural engineers Eckersley O'Callaghan to develop detailed drawings, showing how the 14-metre distance could be spanned by an acrylic structure.

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Credit: Embassy Gardens
Credit: Embassy Gardens

"After a series of technical drawings and behavioural analyses, the dimensions of the pool were decided," the website continues.

"With sides 200mm thick and 3.2 metres deep, and with a bottom 300mm thick, the 50-tonne acrylic pool will span the 14-metres between the buildings, with steps and filtrations systems sitting either end, and five modes of lighting to add to the feeling of magic."

Featured Image Credit: Embassy Gardens

Topics: UK News, News, London

Jess Hardiman
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