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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday June 08 2021, @07:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the So-no-skinny-dipping? dept.

I first happened upon this marvel of engineering on this recent CNN Travel video story. Digging around the internet, I then found this late April story on CNN.

London's new see-through Sky Pool is first of its kind:

The Sky Pool is a 82-foot (25-meter) transparent swimming pool stretched between the 10th stories of two residential skyscrapers in southwest London's Nine Elms neighborhood -- and it's only open to the apartment complex's lucky residents[*].

[...] The pool was put through extensive strength testing at the Reynolds factory [in Colorado] before making its journey to the UK by road and sea. It was then lifted into place by a 750-tonne mobile crane, supported by a 50-tonne crane.

[...] "After a series of technical drawings and behavioral analyses, the dimensions of the pool were decided," says the Embassy Gardens website."

With sides 200 millimeters [(7.9 inches)] thick and 3.2 meters [(10.5 feet)] deep, and with a bottom 300 millimeters [(11.8 inches)] thick, the 50-tonne acrylic pool will span the 14 meters [46 feet] between the buildings, with steps and filtrations systems sitting either end, and five modes of lighting to add to the feeling of magic."

[...] "Once you swim off, you can look right down. It will be like flying," says Brian Eckersley, director of Eckersley O'Callaghan.

[*] a two-bedroom unit starts at just over £1 million (~$1.4 million).

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by looorg on Tuesday June 08 2021, @09:55AM (2 children)

    by looorg (578) on Tuesday June 08 2021, @09:55AM (#1143080)

    Pass. Even if I had a £1M to spare I wouldn't spend it on this. It's not like this is they first such "sky pool", there are quite a few around the world. That said this might be the first one I have seen that goes between two buildings. Still it looks quite stupid. Plus it's in London so I'm wondering what the pollution and horrific air quality is going to do to the pool.

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  • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Tuesday June 08 2021, @03:40PM

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Tuesday June 08 2021, @03:40PM (#1143166) Journal

    Me too. I don't feel like I'll have missed out if I never go for a swim in this.

    Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater. Maybe this will top that?

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by ChrisMaple on Tuesday June 08 2021, @08:33PM

    by ChrisMaple (6964) on Tuesday June 08 2021, @08:33PM (#1143268)

    Pollution in London's air is less than 3% of what it was in 1850. I'd be more concerned about UV from the sun and chlorine in the pool water.

    The poor appearance has more to do with the pool being attached to 2 junky-looking buildings than the pool itself. It would be quite attractive between 2 modern, appropriately designed modern buildings.