Compass Pools' 158,500-gallon "Infinity London" is set to sit atop a 55-story, five-star luxury hotel. What make the wild design unique, aside from the superlative title and the fact it looks like the crown jewel of Bond villain's lair, is that the UK-based company plans to build it from the top down.
“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," explained Compass Pools technical director Alex Kemsley.
"But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, 'how do we put a building underneath this?'"
Every feature of Infinity London has been carefully planned. Instead of glass, the shell will be made of a clear, cast acrylic material that transmits light at wavelength similar to that of water, creating totally seamless aesthetic. The pool's floor is also transparent, allowing visitors below to see the swimmers and sky above.
Even the entry point is extraordinary. Patrons will access the pool via a submarine-inspired, air-tight spiral staircase that rises to the water's surface.
“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!” Kemsely added.
Engineers also came up with an eco-friendly heat source. Hot air produced as a by-product of the building's air conditioning will be used to maintain water temperature.
The specific hotel site hasn't been chosen yet, but Infinity London could begin construction as early as 2020 if all partners and contractors are confirmed.
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