Compass Pools has unveiled a concept for a four-sided infinity pool atop a London skyscraper, accessed via a submarine-style door. The 600,000-liter pool would offer views of the city’s skyline from all sides. Called Infinity London, the project would be made from cast acrylic and feature transparent sides and floors, allowing visitors to see swimmers in the pool above them.
The pool will sit atop a planned 55-story skyscraper in the center of the UK capital and will provide completely unobstructed views of the city skyline in every direction, almost certainly offering the country’s best Instagram opportunities, reports CNN.
Both the pool’s walls and floor are completely transparent, meaning swimmers can get a full view of the hotel below and the London skyline. The pool is made out of cast acrylic, which transmits light at a similar wavelength to water, ensuring that the pool is completely clear, the pool’s designers explain on their website. A built-in anemometer will monitor wind speeds and a digitally-controlled building management system will make sure the water is always at the right temperature.
“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool,” said Alex Kemsley, founder and technical director of Compass Pools. “Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 liters of water draining through the building either,” he added. “The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!”
Right now, Compass’ goal is for a five-star hotel to be built on the floors beneath the pool. And if partners and contractors can be confirmed soon, the company hopes that construction will begin on the building, and pool, next year.