Pool with a view

Infinity London

Compass Pool

Ambitious

Death defying swimming pools are set to become an architectural trend in central London, allowing visitors to float over 200 metres above the capital’s skyline. Pool designers at Compass Pools have developed Infinity London, the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool.

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.

Getting into the water

Swimmers will access the pool through a rotating spiral staircase based on the door of a submarine, rising from the pool floor when someone wants to get in or out. A little bit James Bond to boot!”

Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but the designers didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously they don’t want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either.

Building services

Other advanced technical features include a built-in anemometer to monitor the wind speed. This is linked 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.

Boasting an innovative twist on renewable energy, the pool’s heating system will use waste energy from the air condition system for the building. The hot gas that is produced as a by-product of creating cold air in the building will run through a heat exchanger to heat the water for the pool.

The pool is also fitted with a full spectrum of lights which will give the building the appearance of a sparkling jewel-topped torch at night.

Approach

Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley commented: “Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.

“But on this project, 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.

It will have a five-star international hotel on the top floors of the building with the pool used by the guests.

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