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Photo: Compass Pools

360-degree infinity pool to top skyscraper

A pool at the very top of a skyscraper housing a five-star hotel in London will allow guests to float 200 metres above the skyline.

Pool designers at Compass Pools have developed Infinity London, the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool, which will be set atop a five-star international hotel on the top floors of the 55-storey skyscraper to be used by guests.

The pool is made from cast acrylic rather than glass, as this material transmits light at a similar wavelength to water so that the pool will look perfectly clear. The floor of the pool is also transparent, allowing visitors to see the swimmers and sky above.

Advanced technical features include a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed and link to a computer-controlled building management system to ensure the pool stays at the right temperature and water doesn’t get blown down to the streets below.

The hot gas that is produced as a by-product of the air conditioning system in the building will run through a heat exchanger to heat the water for the pool.

Compass 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.”

He continued that on this project they actually started with the pool design and essentially decided how to put a building underneath it.

No running or diving
Commenting on the design, Kemsley noted, “We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest being how to actually get into the pool.”

“The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral staircase which rises from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out.”

Infinity London’s exact location is yet to be confirmed, but the project could begin construction as early as 2020 if all the partners and contractors are confirmed.

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