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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday June 08, @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).

Entry on Wikipedia.


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @10:34AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @10:34AM (#1143085)

    Dear Fellow Unit Owners,

    We have received the engineering report and a special assessment of two hundred thousand pounds per unit will be required to repair and reinforce the swimming pool to prevent another incident. Please send your cheques by the 30th.

    Your condo board.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by driverless on Tuesday June 08, @11:41AM

    by driverless (4770) on Tuesday June 08, @11:41AM (#1143095)

    to repair and reinforce the swimming pool to prevent another incident

    And whatever you do, don't think about The Event. Especially you, Unknown Male 282. And remember, REMAIN INDOORS.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @02:20PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 08, @02:20PM (#1143129)

    This....

    Although for those who could afford the unit that has access to this pool, the "special assessment" is probably pocket change.