A new technical challenge for pools - and architects! The first 360° infinity pool is being discussed and could happen in 2020. This project for a pool on top of a new 55-floor building in London giving pride of place to design is brimful of good ideas to meet the challenges of its uniqueness. It is sure to attract the attention of all pool architects and designers!
An innovative – and vertiginous – commercial pool
Imagined by Compass Pools, specialized in the installation of one-piece cast ceramic pools, this 600,000-liter pool design will serve as the roof for a new project: the 55-story Infinity London building.
Although building work has not yet started (but probably will in 2020) this pool has already been featured in several media as it is the first 360° infinity pool, setting a world record! Customers will get unencumbered views of the famous London skyline.
Design is the cornerstone of this pool project
In an interview published on the Compass Pools website, works manager Alex Kemsley explains that the building was designed for the pool and not the other way round. The pool architects gave top priority to the views both towards the outside and from the interior. Guests in the 5-star hotel on the top floors of the building will be able to admire the bluish reflections of the water from below.
To sublimate this very special roof, the architects envisage illuminating the pool after nightfall with indirect lighting to transform it into a scintillating jewel.
Some ingenious technical innovations developed for this pool project
Over and above its atypical design, this pool also benefits from several technical innovations, including:
- the use of an anemometer connected to a host computer to monitor wind speed and automatically take the necessary corrective measures concerning the water temperature and overflows.
- the recycling of hot air from the air-conditioning system to heat the pool in an environmentally friendly way.
In addition to these pool innovations, one question remains: how do you get into such a 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 – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!" explains Alex Kemsley. An unusual solution for an unusual problem!
If this project is accepted, there is no doubt that this uniquely innovative pool will quickly find its customers. After all, swimming with the birds (and the helicopters!) is a truly unforgettable experience to propose to the hotel guests. To discover other records, see our article on the two deepest diving pools in the world currently being built!
© Photo credits: Compass Pools