London is eyeing for an all-new attraction in their tourist-packed city. It’s not another bridge or another historic building though — it’s an infinity pool with a 360-degree view of the London skyline on top of a 55-story building.
When Compass Pools first released the concept photos of the world’s first 360-degree infinity pool, people on social media went haywire with satirical comments about its construction and purpose.
Compass Pools, a United Kingdom-based pool maker company, is taking charge of the entire construction, including the proposed 5-star hotel which the pool will be standing. The hotel (that they’re going to name Infinity London) is presumed to be located at Central London.
However, as both exciting and intriguing as the project may sound, people still can’t wrap their heads around the idea of a hotel whose roof is entirely comprised of a pool. The thought of getting in and out of the pool is baffling since there are no visible stairs or ladders of any sort.
David W. Mack, an American comic book artist, and writer, known for his creator-owned series Kabuki and for co-creating with Joe Quesada the deaf Marvel Comics superhero Echo, said on Twitter that he “still [has] no idea how you’re expected to get into this thing,” even after reading the article several times and studying the photos for 5 minutes.
Beth Mccoll, a London-based freelance writer, advice columnist, and author, humorously told that London Infinity’s 360-degree infinity pool is a byproduct of “someone who played a lot of Sims.”
In actuality, the infinity pool will have an entrance and an exit, just not in the usual places where you’ll find one on any other regular swimming pool.
Described as a death-defying swimming pool, Infinity London’s pool will be accessed through a submarine-like chamber. The door spirals upward and downward to enable the entrance to rise and hide above the pool’s surface to allow guests to go in and out of the area.
It sounds way too technical for a pool entrance, but the pool designers were adept at making the pool a full experience with zero uncluttered side profile. “Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 liters of water draining through the building either,” the company says.
Moreover, Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said, “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.”
“But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’
“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.”
Moreover, the proposed infinity pool — which will house over 600, 000 liters of water — will be made with cast acrylic sides instead of glass. According to Compass Pools, using cast acrylic will reflect light similar to that of water to give the illusion of a completely clear pool. It will look as if there’s nothing holding all of that water in place.
Other than the side, it will also be feature a transparent floor, “allowing the visitors to see the swimmers and the sky above them.” Additionally, the designers plan to construct the marvel as a “sparkling jewel-topped torch at night” with the help of a spectrum of lights.
The pool will also be fitted with a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed and will be linked to a computer-controlled building management system that will regulate the pool’s temperature and ensure the water doesn’t spill onto the streets below.
One thing’s for sure, this pool is very technical, and Compass Pools have covered all the necessary checkpoints to enable the construction of London’s next tourist attraction.
Construction of the pool could begin in 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed.