London real estate is soon to be upgraded with a sky pool. While elevated pools are quite common, this swimming pool will be suspended 10 floors in the air and will have an unhindered view from the bottom.
City officials have approved plans for what developers claim is the world’s first true floating sky pool. The waterbody will be built between two super-luxurious apartments 10 stories above ground. The suspended swimming pool will have nothing beneath it, and those who can afford to buy condominiums overlooking the Thames River will get a sensation of floating in midair, reported CNN.
Though it may sound ludicrous, construction is in full swing, and developers haven’t taken any chances while building the sky pool. Taking the help of experienced aquarium designers, the pool will be built using 20-centimeter thick construction glass that has been specially commissioned to offer the best possible transparency and strength to bear the weight of the water and its occupants.
From a construction perspective, London’s sky pool will be 25 meters (90 feet) long and 1.2 meters (four feet) deep. Judging by the size of the suspended swimming pool, users won’t be allowed to dive into it. They undoubtedly meant to float around, admiring the unrestricted views of the city and enjoy the sensation of “floating in the sky,” according to the Ballymore Group chairman and CEO Sean Mulryan.
“My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. I wanted to do something that had never been done before. The experience of the pool will be truly unique; it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”
Though the inability to dive into such a pool may dampen some adventurous spirits, the sky pool will have rooftop bar, spa, and orangery, reported MSN. As expected, such luxury and the privilege to swim in this one-of-a-kind sky pool in London don’t come cheap.
Prices for apartments and penthouses in the complex start at $942,572, and this is precisely the problem Londoners are facing. Housing experts feel that developers are concentrating on catering to the whims of the uber-rich with amenities like the sky pool but are neglecting the ever-increasing need of offering affordable housing in central areas of London.
Are features like the sky pool driving out local citizens with real estate prices that are simply beyond their reach?
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