Swimmers have been pictured taking a dip in the world’s first transparent sky pool before it opens in London next month.
Spread over two exclusive residential blocks adjacent to the US Embassy in Nine Elms, South London, the beautiful pool is the first of its kind in the world.
Swimmers float ten stories up through the water and can see passersby far below and gaze over the London skyline as they float.
The long-awaited opening will take place on Wednesday, May 19 and features radio and TV host Roman Kemp.
Spanning two exclusive apartment blocks in Nine Elms, South London, the stunning Sky Pool will open on May 19 during a launch ceremony hosted by ex I’m a Celeb contestant Roman Kemp
The opening of the pool has been delayed by the pandemic, but will continue next month
The long-awaited construction of the beautiful swimming pool has now been completed and is located 35 meters above ground level
Who needs to walk when you can just swim across to visit your neighbors? An aerial view of the pool shows that residents in the two blocks can now swim between buildings
Models have already sampled the waters. One is pictured here swimming between the two blocks, with other buildings below her in the distance
The Capital FM DJ and former I’m a Celebrity participant will host a live stream of the event.
Aquabatix, the top synchronized swimming team, will also put on a stunning show – unsurprisingly their first time in a see-through pool 35 feet above London.
The opening, which was delayed by Covid, will seal an ambitious engineering project involving transporting the acrylic aquarium-style pool nearly 5,000 miles from the Colorado factory where it was made.
The pool, along with a rooftop spa, summer bar and orangery, is the centerpiece of the £ 1 billion development of Embassy Gardens near the Thames.
The pool is located between two apartment buildings near the US Embassy in London
A model in a red dress was one of the first to try out the brand new Sky Pool
The Sky Pool is praised as: ‘a product of unique ambition, innovation, perseverance and imagination’.
An aerial design photo before the pool was built shows how architects envisioned the 25 meter long, three meter deep crystal clear pool
Swimmers can enjoy views over central London as they walk lengths between buildings in the new residential area in Nine Elms, Vauxhall.
Suspended 35 meters above the ground, the iconic building offers views of the House of Parliament, the London Eye and the London skyline.
The first of its kind and fully transparent, the 25m long, 5m wide and 3m deep infinity pool will become the most exclusive place to take a dip in Britain.
The water alone weighs about 375 tons.
Nestled between the sky and the water, swimmers will feel like they are in an aquarium rather than an outdoor pool, staring 35 meters down. Swimmers can also swim between adjacent buildings.
The intricate work to transport and install the Sky Pool involved a team of expert architects, engineers and consultants who had only inches of tolerance in placing the structure over the two buildings.
The team, made up of architects Arup Associates, engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, and aquarium designers Reynolds, shipped the huge tub to London and gently turned it into place, as this exclusive video shows.
Accompanying a rooftop spa, summer bar and orangery, the ‘Sky Pool’ is the centerpiece of the £ 1 billion development in Vauxhall, South London, adjacent to the new US Embassy
Nestled between the sky and the water, swimmers are expected to feel like they are in an aquarium rather than an outdoor pool as they look 35 meters down. Swimmers can also swim between adjacent buildings
The buildings connected by the Sky Pool will be subject to normal movements inherent in ten-story buildings, including wind sweeps and foundation settlements.
But the pool structure can handle these movements by not being tightly connected at both ends as it can slide while maintaining waterproof integrity.
Originally due to open in the summer, the Sky Pool is the breathtaking pinnacle of Embassy Gardens development by EcoWorld Ballymore, which includes 2,000 homes and luxury apartments, retail space, office space, as well as bars and restaurants. and landscaped gardens built around the new US Embassy.
Tan Sri Dato ‘Sri Liew Kee Sin, Executive Vice Chairman of EcoWorld International, said earlier:’ The construction of the Sky Pool has been a very exciting project, and EcoWorld Ballymore is excited to see it become a reality.
The opening… will be a huge milestone for the development, and for the Nine Elms area more generally, as the pool will truly be a spectacle that locals and visitors to the area will want to see. It is a product of unique ambition, innovation, persistence and imagination, we hope residents and businesses in the area alike will be proud of the Sky Pool on the doorstep. ‘
Sean Mulryan, Chairman of Ballymore, added: ‘The vision for the Sky Pool came from a desire to push the boundaries in the possibilities of construction and engineering, Ecoworld Ballymore wanted to do something that had never been done before.
‘We like to push the boundaries on all aspects of the design; the transparent structure of the Sky Pool is the result of significant technological advancements over the past decade. The pool experience will be truly unique, it will feel like you are floating through the air in central London, ‘he added.