Get a new bikini and ready your Instagram – an infinity pool is coming to London.
This is not just any infinity pool, however.
This is an infinity pool on top of a building in the centre of the city, providing 360-degree views of the area.
The designers, Compass Pools, say the pool is a ‘world first’, describing the concept as ‘the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool’.
Sounds fancy, right?
The plan is to have the pool sit on top of some hotel rooms at the top of a skyscraper, just to fully hammer home the luxury aspect.
The floors and sides will all be transparent, so visitors will see the swimmers paddling above them. Handy for exhibitionists who want to show off their breaststroke.
In order to keep the pool looking glorious, there are no stairs on the outside of the pool or the building.
How do you get in the water, you may ask? Apparently a spiral staircase will rotate and rise through the pool to provide access. The concept images don’t show how this works, so we’re intrigued to see if this can actually become reality.
We can only imagine how slippery those stairs will be.
Swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said: ‘We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool.
‘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.
‘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 – the absolute cutting edge of swimming pool and building design and a little bit James Bond to boot!’
At night time the pool will be lit up with a bunch of twinkling lights. Pretty.
Alex adds: ‘Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.
‘But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’
‘When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.
‘Swimming in the SkyPool at The Shard, it’s quite a weird feeling to have helicopters flying past at your level, but this pool takes it a step further.
‘Pop your goggles on and with a 360-degree view of London from 220m up, it really will be something else – but it’s definitely not one for the acrophobic!’
The precise location of the pool hasn’t been confirmed, but if all goes well construction could start in 2020.