London’s 360-Degree Infinity Pool

What will it be like to float atop a 55-story building with 360-degree views of the city of London?

Designers at Compass Pool have developed Infinity London, a four-sided transparent, 600,000-liter swimming pool that will be built on top of a 55-story building. “On this project,” explains Alex Kemsley, Swimming Pool Designer and Technical Director at Compass Pools, “we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’ When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.”

The result? Infinity London, the only building in the world to boast a 360-degree infinity pool. In addition the pool is made from acrylic that allows the transmission of light at a wavelength similar to that of water for a perfectly clear look. The floor of the pool will also be transparent permitting swimmers to enjoy the view below as well as that of the sky above. To access this innovative pool, swimmers must go past a rotating spiral staircase similar to a submarine door that rises from the pool floor. A highly technological computer-controlled management system will control that the pool maintains the appropriate temperature; for heating, the pool will use waste energy from the building’s air conditioning system. This system also monitors wind speed ensuring water does not get blown to the streets below. Construction on Infinity London could begin as early as 2020.