A spectacular glass-encased outdoor swimming pool, suspended 10 storeys up and providing a “bridge” between two apartment blocks with communal rooftop sun terraces, is the latest architectural show stopper at Nine Elms, the riverside district wrapping around Battersea Power Station.
The pool at Embassy Gardens, a 2,000-home complex being built alongside the new American Embassy, is described as a “world first”.
Entirely transparent, it measures 90 feet long by 19 feet wide and is nearly 10 feet deep, with a water depth of about four feet. It is the inspiration of Sean Mulryan, chairman and founder of developer Ballymore. Next month, the group will unveil Legacy Buildings, the second phase of the scheme.
Using eight-inch-thick glass, the so-called “sky pool” appears to float in the air and resembles a giant aquarium.
It will be for the private use of residents, who will be able to swim from one building to the next and enjoy a dramatic vista of the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye. The linked sky deck at the top of the two buildings will have a summer bar and sun loungers, a spa and orangery.