Skip to main content

Watch swimmers enjoy a dip in this incredible sky pool

Sky Pool
Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

London’s latest swimming pool is surely its most remarkable yet. But sporting a transparent bottom and located between two buildings 35 meters up, it may not be for the faint-hearted.

The so-called “sky pool,” designed by British architecture studio HAL, has been causing quite a stir since its recent opening at the Embassy Gardens residential development in central London.

“There’s no other pool in the world like this one,” HAL says of the 25-meter-long facility, adding, “Life is better when it’s elevated.”

The BBC recently posted some aerial footage showing people enjoying a dip in the newly opened Sky Pool.

Swimmers enjoy warm weather in London at the Sky Pool which is believed to be the world’s first transparent pool built between two skyscrapers

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 1, 2021

“I think you need to have a head for heights,” the BBC reporter quipped. “You wouldn’t want to be swimming along there and looking down to the ground below.”

Better to look out across the city, then, where you can enjoy views of the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament, and the London Eye, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world.

Sky Pool
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The pool, which holds almost 150,000 liters of water, has a U.S. connection, too, as the clear acrylic from which the Sky Pool is built was manufactured by a firm in Grand Junction, Colorado. Once complete, the pool was transported 1,000 miles by truck to Galveston, Texas, where it was put on a boat and shipped across the Atlantic to its final destination.

Now, if you happen to be in London and fancy taking a dip in the Sky Pool this summer, there’s a major catch: It’s only open to residents of the apartment block.

As an alternative — and this is perfect for those who prefer to swim at ground level — check out this collection of some of the largest pools in the world.

Editors' Recommendations

Trevor Mogg
Contributing Editor
Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan)…
Intel’s upcoming iGPU might destroy both Nvidia and Apple M2
A render of Intel's H-series mobile processors.

Intel Meteor Lake might not see the light of day on desktops (not anytime soon, at least), but it seems that the mobile chips are going strong.

According to inside sources, laptops equipped with Meteor Lake chips may not even need a discrete graphics card -- the integrated GPU is going to be powerful enough to rival Nvidia's GTX 1650. That's not all, though. It appears that Intel might even be able to compete against Apple's M2 chip, but in a different way.

Read more
Nvidia may launch 3 new GPUs, and they’re bad news for AMD
An Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card seen from the side.

In a surprising twist, Nvidia might be releasing not one, but three graphics cards. They all fall under the same RTX 4060 umbrella, although two of them are RTX 4060 Ti models.

This marks a strong entry into the midrange segment for Nvidia, with one of the cards addressing a significant concern -- low VRAM. Should AMD be worried about losing even more business to Team Green?

Read more
Air New Zealand reveals cost of its comfy sleep pods
Air New Zealand's Skynest sleep pods.

Air New Zealand has finally revealed the approximate cost of booking one of its economy-class sleeper pods on a long-haul flight: $400-$600 New Zealand dollars ($250-$380) -- plus the cost of your seat.

Passengers will only be allowed one pod session per flight, so you’ll have to remain crammed in coach for the rest of the time.

Read more