London Sky Pool Is Awesome

August 21, 2015

London Sky Pool

A new apartment complex in the Nine Elms district of London will feature a swimming pool linking the two towers of the Embassy Gardens development. The London Sky Pool will be 82 feet long and 10 feet deep. Nervous swimmers should feel comforted to know that the 10 story high pool will be 8 inches thick. That’s about seven times thicker than the bulletproof glass you might find at your local bank.

Ballymore Group, the development firm overseeing the project,  brought in aquarium architects to help design the sky high natatorium. “The experience of the pool will be truly unique,” the CEO of Ballymore Group, Sean Mulryan, said in a statement to Quartz. “It will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Residents will be able to swim from one building to the next. The sky pool deck will include a spa, summer bar, and greenhouse, where bathers can take in views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye, and the new US Embassy located next door, which is the inspiration for the name of the new apartment complex.

As for the general design of the complex, Ballymore says the Embassy Gardens buildings take their inspiration from New York City’s hip Meatpacking District. The buildings will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and brick facades.

The pool-linked buildings will start accepting tenants in September. The development will create nearly 2,000 new homes, new landscaped gardens, and riverfront walkways, says Ballymore. Still, most new tenants are drawn by the prospect of swimming in the all glass London Sky Pool.

Whether or not the Sky Pool is practical, it has created an enormous amount of buzz and made the Embassy Gardens one of the most sought after addresses in all of London. The only caveat is that tenants are asked to please refrain from skinny dipping, although you know some intrepid soul will have to be the first to do so. Just please, whoever you are, don’t share it on Facebook!

London Sky Pool

Photo Credits: Ballymore Group



Stephen Hanley

lives in Rhode Island and writes about topics at the convergence of technology and ecology. You can follow him on Google + and Twitter.