Rendering: Ballymore Group

If the renderings become reality, the Embassy Gardens’ rooftop pool will provide a spectacular view of the London skyline, but swimmers with a fear of heights be warned: whatever you do, don’t look down.

The Ballymore Group’s super-lux development in the Nine Elms district is set to be the site of what’s being touted as the world’s first “sky pool,” and the aerial amenity is every bit as vertigo-inducing as it sounds.

The completed glass-bottomed pool will bridge the gap between a pair of neighbouring 10-story apartments, letting those who can afford to shell out the million-dollar-plus base unit price swim from one building to the other.


Rendering: Ballymore Group

“The experience of the pool will be truly unique,” said Sean Mulryan, Ballymore’s CEO, in an statement. “It will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

To make sure swimmers only feel as if they’re floating through the air, the developer enlisted the help of aquarium architects during the planning stage. The resulting design calls for glass that’s eight inches thick — about the same thickness as the bullet-proof variety — and the pool will end up measuring 82 feet long, 16 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

Limey land-lovers can walk across a bridge running parallel to the suspended pool, granting the faint of heart the same access swimmers have to a spa, greenhouse and sundecks. Of course, there’s also a rooftop bar in the works, possibly to help residents build up some liquid courage before taking the plunge.

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