A Dizzyingly High Rooftop Infinity Pool Is Coming to London, and It Will Have 360-degree Skyline Views
Thrill-seekers looking to take a dip that comes with spectacular city views will soon be flocking to Infinity London, which will be the only building in the world to host a 360-degree rooftop infinity pool.
UK-based company Compass Pools has unveiled plans for the 600,000-liter pool that will be built sky-high on top of a 55-story building.
The pool will sit more than 650 feet above London’s skyline and have a transparent floor, allowing swimmers to look down into the building below and visitors in the building to gaze at floating swimmers above.
For Compass Pool designers, having uninterrupted views above and below the water was an essential component, so they avoided putting any stairs that would obstruct views outside the building or in the pool and went with an unconventional method instead.
“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 and out — the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot,” Compass Pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said in a statement on the company's website.
The use of cast acrylic instead of glass also helps to make the pool look “perfectly clear” because it transmits light at a similar wavelength to water, helping swimmers feel all the more as though they're floating above the city.
Lights will come on at night to make it appear as though the pool is sparkling atop the building, while a built-in monitor for wind speed will ensure water levels remain stable to avoid water spilling to the streets below.
“Architects often come to us to design rooftop infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought,” Kemsley said. “But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘How do we put a building underneath this?'”
The building beneath the pool will host a five-star hotel on the top floors, and the pool will be available to guests.
Construction for the project could start as soon as early 2020 if the company is able to confirm all of its partners and contractors, after which the exact location of Infinity London will be announced.