London will soon be home to the world's most frightening hotel pool

Daniel Fowler
June 9, 2019

Making a pool suitable for sticking atop a 55-story building posed some serious technical hurdles for the company, but they think they've got it all figured out.

Meanwhile across the pond, a planned 360-degree infinity pool with transparent floors and walls is making headlines because of its location... on top of a 50-storey building in London.

Compass Pools says it plans to offer access with some kind of submarine-inspired air-locking stairwell that rises through the body of water.

"When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water", says Compass Pool's designer and technical director Alex Kemsley.

"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.

They're relaxing, they're pretty, they've got some decent enough views off the edge where you can stare into oblivion and pretend like you're not in a pool at all.

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Infinity pools are visual and architectural masterpieces. The designers said they wouldn't want to clutter the building sides with unnecessary elevators and so forth. The internet isn't dumb-we all know what happens to our Sims when pool ladders don't exist.

To monitor the wind speed (you're gonna need that so high up), the pool will have a built-in anemometer, which is linked to a computer-controlled system to maintain temperatures and ensure water doesn't get blown to the streets below.

It's a sustainable plan too, created to use waste energy from the building's air-conditioning system to heat the pool - and this being London, it will certainly need to be heated.

Rather than glass, the pool will be made from cast acrylic, which transmits light in a way that will keep the pool perfectly clear, according to the company's website.

The building beneath will be a 5-star hotel where guests can look up to the pool through its transparent bottom.

If you're itching to swim along the London skyline, you'll have a bit of a wait: Construction could commence in 2020, provided all the partners and contractors are confirmed, Compass Pools said.

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