glass-bottomed sky pool set to bridge south london apartment complex glass-bottomed sky pool set to bridge south london apartment complex
aug 20, 2015

glass-bottomed sky pool set to bridge south london apartment complex

glass-bottomed sky pool set to bridge south london apartment complex
all images courtesy of HAL architects / ballymore

 

 

 

labeled as a ‘world’s first’, a 27 meter-long (90 feet) glass bottomed swimming pool is set to be installed at nine elms, a riverside district under construction in south london. suspended ten storeys above ground, the pool will bridge two apartment buildings making it possible to swim between the two structures.

glass bottomed sky pool embassy gardens legacy buildings london HAL architects arup designboom
the pool is suspended ten storeys above ground

 

 

 

the pool forms part of the embassy gardens legacy buildings, a project commissioned by developers ballymore who selected HAL architects to work alongside arup associates as engineers, camlins as landscapers and luis bustamante to work on the scheme’s interiors. the remainder of the 2,000-unit complex will include a ‘working from home’ business area, a gym and a rooftop bar. the buildings will start on site in the summer of 2015 with the first completions due in 2017.

glass bottomed sky pool embassy gardens legacy buildings london HAL architects arup designboom
the pool measures 27 meters in length

glass bottomed sky pool embassy gardens legacy buildings london HAL architects arup designboom
the pool forms part of a project commissioned by developers ballymore

glass bottomed sky pool embassy gardens legacy buildings london HAL architects arup designboom
areas of greenery occupy the scheme’s lower levels

glass bottomed sky pool embassy gardens legacy buildings london HAL architects arup designboom
the 2,000-unit complex will include a business area, a gym and a rooftop bar

glass bottomed sky pool embassy gardens legacy buildings london HAL architects arup designboom
the buildings will start on site in the summer of 2015 with the first completions due in 2017

  • But as all those apartments will be bought as investments, there will be no one around to use the pool.

    Jeff says:
  • looks cool, but I’m pretty sure it’s not sure it’s going to fly without structural steel. Just a rough calc, the solid glass sides would need to be 40cm thick. Where are you getting one piece slabs of structural glass this size? The bottom plate just isn’t feasible at all.
    Good luck!

    trimtab21 says:
  • nice to have 1 mill budgeted for the pool.

    sure says:
  • woha. that looks dope.

    Zann says:
  • Simpletons will walk underneath it on a sunny day and be fried like ants under a magnifying glass.

    Evan says:
  • I don’t want to think about what will happen to the pool if there’s an earthquake and the buildings start shaking.

    Moutarlier says:
  • Looks like a concept that is designed to get publicity but will never actaully be built.

    JJ says:
  • My compliments to the grat idea and statics ~ <3 ~ :D:P

    Dragica Petrovic says:
  • We’ve all seen Star Trek. This can only be made of transparent aluminum, or as we now call it Spinel.

    Mike says:
  • It looks fantastic, I live around the area so can’t wait to see… so far the changes in the area has transformed Nine Elms so happy to see other developments going on (no, I don’t live in one of the expensive flats by the way).

    Alex says:

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