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01-09-2015

London's Wealthy To Swim In The Air

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Taking a swim in this Central London pool will be a unique experience as it appears to float in the air high above the ground. Every stroke that a swimmer makes will be visible to pedestrians underneath and as they move through the water, clear glass will allow swimmers to see the ground below through the bottom of the transparent, structure-free pool. Sean Mulryan, CEO and Chairman of Ballymore Group, said that this latest project of the construction company that he heads was born from a desire to push the boundaries and create something that had never been done before. The 25-metre long pool is made from 20 cm of thick glass and is suspended 35 meters above the ground, ten storeys above street level. It connects two luxury residential blocks of apartments at Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, which lies a short distance from Westminster. The area is in Battersea, one of the up-and-coming parts of the British capital; the price of luxury apartments in these buildings reaches up to one million Euros. London's wealthy to swim in the air The project, designed in collaboration with London architects HAL, aquarium specialists Reynolds and engineers Arup Associated, is due to be completed by 2017. The design includes a relaxation area, spa, orangery and bar on the neighbouring sky decks and its use will be exclusively reserved for residents of Embassy Gardens.
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While this Sky Pool will be the first in the first in the world to link two residential buildings, there are also plans to build a similar spectacular swimming pool that will create a water bridge to connect two residential blocks in India. This will be based in a five-tower development called Twilight Star at Surat, Gujarat, whose sky pool will give swimmers an even more extreme experience as it includes a section of transparent glass that extends out beyond the walls of the buildings.London's wealthy to swim in the air More very high swimming pools are also under construction in another part of India, where the 37-storey Bandra Ohm Tower in Mumbai will have a private pool on every balcony. These do not have a glass bottom for privacy reasons but they are shaped infinity pools without railings that will give swimmers the sensation of floating high in the air.

There are already some transparent, see-through swimming pools in operation in other parts of the world.London's wealthy to swim in the air Shanghai has a transparent swimming pool that juts out of the 24th floor of the Holiday Inn in Pudong Kangquiao, the Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne has a clear Perspex bottom that extends over the street at nine storeys high and another hotel, the InterContinental in Festival City, Dubai, has a see-through curved section that allows swimmers to look down through the bottom from a terrifying 37 storeys high.
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