Death-defying swimming pools are apparently set to become the latest architectural trend in central London. That’s according to a firm that has designed the world’s first 360-degree infinity pool, which will sit on top of a 55-storey, 722ft (200m) skyscraper called Infinity London.
The 600,000-litre pool features see-through acrylic sides and a transparent floor, so people below will be able to see the swimmers far above. The pool and the building have been developed by West Sussex-based company Compass Pools. The pool is made from cast acrylic rather than glass, as this material 'transmits light at a similar wavelength to water so the pool will look perfectly clear', the firm says.
Swimmers will access it through a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out. Other advanced technical features include a built-in anemometer to monitor the wind speed.
This is linked to a computer-controlled building management system to ensure the pool stays at the right temperature and water doesn’t get blown down to the streets below. The pool’s heating system will use waste energy from the air conditioning system for the building.
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