After seeing its opening date slip due to the pandemic, London’s Sky Pool will finally open on May 19. Built 35 meters high, it will be the first swimming pool to be suspended in a vacuum and will join two buildings of the Embassy Gardens, a luxury residential complex that overlooks the east bank of the Thames and characterizes the skyline of the Nine Elms district.
It’s certainly not a facility for the faint of heart. Swimming in the Sky Pool will be a unique experience: from above you can see people walking in the street and you will have the sensation of floating in the air.
The project has seen EcoWorld Ballymore, a leading urban regeneration company, working together with architects from Arup Associates, engineers from Eckersley O’Callaghan and designers from Reynolds, a company specializing in aquarium materials that supplied the 20-centimeter thick glass panels.
The Sky Pool, at 25 meters long, 14 meters wide and 3 meters deep, will hold about 375 tons of water and was designed with consideration for the movements the buildings may be subject to due to wind or minor ground shaking.
Unfortunately, the experience of swimming suspended in the void will be reserved for residents of the Embassy Gardens apartments, which are not exactly accessible to everyone. Suffice it to say that prices for a one-bedroom apartment start at over a million pounds.
Those who can’t afford it will have the possibility to admire the pool and its reflections from Viaduct Gardens or from the window of the trains that arrive and depart from Waterloo Station.