When the entire roof of a skyscraper is one big pool, how do you climb in?
No ladder, no steps, no diving board: The designers of a terrifying swimming pool planned for a new London skyscraper want you to enter like James Bond.
“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,” says Alex Kemsley, swimming pool designer and technical director at Compass Pools, a company that hopes to realize its plans for a pool design it’s calling Infinity London.
“Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 litres of water draining through the building either,” says Kemsley.
The company says a location for the 55-storey building this pool should top hasn’t yet been confirmed, but construction could kick off as early as 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed.
As if looking out over London in a rooftop pool with no apparent edges weren’t scary enough, designers also want to give it a glass bottom, meaning you’ll be swimming around on top of a skyscraper while visitors to the building look up at you from underneath.
The company envisions the pool being the highlight of a five-star hotel on the top floors of the new London high-rise.
If construction goes ahead, it won’t be the first panorama swimming pool in London, where swimmers can already swim at dizzying heights in several towers, such as The Shard’s SkyPool. But it would be the first rooftop infinity pool with a 360-degree panorama in London – and the world, for that matter.