If you’re wondering how it would feel like to have the entire roof of your next hotel building to be a swimming pool, then your dream might be coming to be true very soon and that would happen in the UK.
Compass Pool is a UK-Based pool maker which is crafting out a new design it calls the “Infinity London” that sits atop of a 55 Story skyscraper topped with a 360-degree pool that in fact has transparent walls. The building is design by the company which will include a 5-Star hotel and the pool which is supposed to be it’s main point of attraction.
That might seem scary to you because directly placing a swimming pool at the top of a 55-story building with transparent glass you might WOW. In fact, it’s also an engineering hurdle which had taken the company enough time to figure out in the first place. So to keep things safe at leas, the company would be implementing Acrylic instead of Glass with a transparent bottom that allows visitors on lower floors to see the pool and swimmers right above them.
You might ask how swimmers would get to the swimming pool considering the 360 degree design. The designers said they wouldn’t want to clutter the building sides with unnecessary elevators and so forth. “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 litres of water draining through the building either,” the company says.
So the company came up with a different idea about how they would construct the pool entrance. The design is said to be based on the airlock of a submarine which is described as some sort of rotating spiral staircase that will “[rise] from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out.” The company says the Infinity London could be under construction as early as 2020 “if all the partners and contractors are confirmed.” That is really weird and incredibly scary of course and considering the fact that the company calls this the “Death Defying Swimming” says it all about how many people would be willing to go that high to see the views while in the water.