Meet London’s Sky Pool: The first in the world


A sky pool is currently in the final stages of construction in London. The suspended, transparent swimming pool connects one residential building’s rooftop to another. It has been dubbed the world’s first ‘floating’ swimming pool. Let’s take a closer look at this architectural innovation.

Don’t look down

Or do if you’re brave enough. For who doesn’t dream of flying through or floating in the sky? Dreams are set to become a reality for those buying a luxury property in Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms, London.

Made of see-through acrylic, the pool will allow residents the unique experience of swimming ‘across the sky’ as they look over to views of London, with the iconic London Eye and Houses of Parliament.

The 50-tonne pool is suspended 35 metres (10 storeys) high, and bridges 14 metres between two of the three residential apartment blocks. The pool is 25-metres long in total and will include different modes of lighting to add even more magic!

Why walk when one can swim?

The residential blocks which are now joined by the pool (allowing residents to bathe their way from one to another) are aptly called the Legacy Buildings. It is the product of a collaboration of creative minds, including HAL architects and Arup Associates, working for Ballymore Properties and its partner Ecoworld.

A spokesperson from Embassy Gardens said: “On a hot summer’s day in 2013, our creative teams gathered to discuss where to locate Embassy Gardens’ outdoor swimming pool. We decided the only space large enough was between the Legacy Buildings. As thinking developed, the gauntlet was thrown down: the pool should be a sky pool, something transparent so swimmers could see the ground, and people below could see the sky.”

Specialist input also came from aquarium designers Reynolds who aren’t new to world firsts. They designed the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium in Berlin’s Radisson SAS Hotel.

A good home for a sky pool

This world-first pool is located in Nine Elms, which is a district known for its transformations. It is home to the regeneration Battersea Power Station with its stylish riverside dining and bars.

Embassy Gardens will be a 2,000-home neighbourhood in the Nine Elms zone, which will include private for sale, shared ownership and affordable rental properties. As well as the sky pool, residents will have access to a ‘working from home’ business area, gym and rooftop bar.

Set for completion in spring 2021, property for sale prices start from £695,000.

This all leaves one unanswered question: Will the pool be heated?