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A 360 Degree, Vertigo-Inducing Infinity Pool Is Planned For London

A 360 Degree, Vertigo-Inducing Infinity Pool Is Planned For London

Compass Pools, a UK-based pool maker, is now hashing out what it calls the "Infinity London", a 55-story skyscraper topped with a 360-degree pool with transparent walls.

"When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water", designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said. The compromise was a rotating spiral staircase based on a submarine will rise from the pool floor when a swimmer wants to get in or get out. The pool is made out of cast acrylic - which transmits light at a similar wavelength to water - ensuring that the pool is completely clear, the pool's designers explain on their website. CNN says that construction of the pool could begin in 2020, if partners and contractors are confirmed.

The pool, designed by Compass Pools, would grace the top of the skyscraper, 200 meters high in the sky - though where exactly the building will be is still to be decided.

Waste energy from the building's air conditioning system would be used to heat the pool, architects say, and as the pièce de résistance: a full spectrum of lights would give the building the appearance of a "sparkling jewel-topped torch" at night. Compass Pools is planning to build a borderless pool at the top of a 55-story London skyscraper providing a 360-degree view of the city skyline.

Everybody likes a good infinity pool.

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"The first tube is to cut a path through the water and create an airlock", he said. 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. "The engineering is complex but delivers the seamless look".

Getting into and out of the pool would be easy with some kind of external staircase, but the building's designers didn't want to clutter the side profile of the structure with such things.

London Pool designer Compass Pools have developed several infinity pools.

The pool's lack of an obvious entry or exit point led to quite a bit of ridicule on Twitter, and more than a few references to The Sims - a wildly popular simulation game where players frequently drowned their Sims by taking away the pool's ladders.


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