Come for the splash, stay for the view: London’s world first 360° infinity pool

by | Jun 18, 2019 | Design

Rendering of the first 360° infinity pool

5-star hotel in London to be the world’s first building with a 360° infinity pool at the top of a 55-storey building

Designers and hotel guests the world over are slack-jawed after the render of a 360° infinity pool atop a soon-to-be-launched London hotel was released.

Construction of this impossible feat of architecture and engineering is set to commence in 2020.

We find out more.

London’s skyline to be seen like never before

Contemporary globetrotters know where to look for the world’s biggest and best infinity pool: The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

Overlooking the city of Singapore, this pool is perhaps one of the most Instagrammable places in the world, but soon it will meet its match.

New renders of the world’s first 360° infinity pool have been released and paint a vivid picture of the new icon set to land in London in the coming years.

Located atop at 55-storey building whose location is yet to be confirmed, the pool will provide hotel guests with not only an enviable place to swim, but also with uninterrupted panoramic views over the city of London.

The pool is presented as glass-bottomed and with glazed edges, so swimmers can see into the atrium space below, as well as through the swimming pool walls.

Marina Bay Sands’, Singapore infinity pool

Renderings of London’s 360° infinity pool

 

Technical challenges and a feat of engineering

This mammoth feat of engineering will be undertaken by Compass Pools. Technical director for Compass Pools Alex Kemsley spoke of the project, saying, “Architects often come to us to design rooftop 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?”

The design and construction of the pool will be inspired by strategies used in submarines, as various challenges are presented, such as getting guests in and out of the pool without the 600,000 litres draining out, controlling the temperature and monitoring the wind.

Part of the strategy will include a rotating spiral staircase which comes up through the pool floor when a guest wants to get in or out.

It is not fully confirmed whether the project will go ahead yet, as contractors and partners still need to confirm. Once confirmed, building work should commence in 2020.

 

Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in London:

Hotelproject London Strand East 

One Nine Elms River Tower Hotel 

The Cucumber

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