Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dare to Swim in the "Sky Pool"

Sky Pool
Have you ever wondered if it is possible to build a pool suspended up high between two tall buildings. If there is one, would you have the nerve to swim in it?

At Embassy Gardens, a 2,000-unit luxury complex next to the new U.S. Embassy in London's Nine Elms district, residents will be able to swim from one building to another in a clear swimming pool bridging the main entrance, 10 stories in the air.

The water will be about 4 feet deep; the pool itself will be 90 feet long by 19 feet wide by almost 10 feet deep, according to Homes & Property in the U.K.., built of 8-inch-thick sheets of glass.

One real estate agent to the rich doesn't think it's such a hot idea. In fact, he tells the Guardian it's "genuinely crackers":
"It’s not easy to say for sure what the extras like pools, tennis courts and home cinemas add to a home, but for the first time I can honestly say that whilst my admiration for the architect is close to reverence this absurd addition must surely be the biggest mistake I have ever come across."
The agent, Henry Pryor, wondered, "Are there enough exhibitionists to fill it?"

The fellow who dreamed up the pool, developer Sean Mulryan, said in a news release that his vision:
"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."

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