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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: 2) by isostatic on Tuesday June 08, @01:35PM (4 children)

    by isostatic (365) on Tuesday June 08, @01:35PM (#1143114) Journal

    You're asking if it's raining, will people underneath it get wet?

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday June 08, @01:44PM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday June 08, @01:44PM (#1143118) Journal
    There's a difference between rain drops and getting hit with a large blob of water all at once. The latter could cause serious injury.
    • (Score: 3, Funny) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday June 08, @04:06PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday June 08, @04:06PM (#1143177)

      could cause serious injury.

      Yes, but more likely serious TikTok coverage.

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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Tuesday June 08, @02:34PM (1 child)

    by looorg (578) on Tuesday June 08, @02:34PM (#1143136)

    No I'm wondering if there is a splash zone around or below just from excess water. Not that water is wet or if you get a little rain on you. There is lets say a bit of a difference if there is a little rain a massive rain storm or a bunch of people 14m up in their sky pool decide to jump in to the pool bomb-style or something else that would make the water in the sky pool increase faster then it could be naturally or systematically drained away.

    • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Wednesday June 09, @07:19PM

      by isostatic (365) on Wednesday June 09, @07:19PM (#1143648) Journal

      I'd expect the pool overflow would go through normal grey water disposal. I don't see how rain would make a difference