Battersea’s long-awaited glass-bottomed “sky pool” will allow residents to swim from one building to another, enjoying dramatic London skyline views as they paddle suspended 10 storeys above ground.
Completely transparent and measuring 27.5m long, 5.8m wide and 3m deep with a water depth of 1.2m, the “sky pool” is a world first, according to developer EcoWorld Ballymore. The developer is also managing the London City Island project, dubbed East London’s ‘Mini Manhattan’.
“My vision for the sky pool stemmed from a desire to push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering,” said Ballymore Group chairman and CEO, Sean Mulryan. “I wanted to do something that had never been done before.”
“The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London,” he added.
Using 20cm-thick glass, the pool appears to float in the air and resembles a giant aquarium, offering sweeping views of London. Certainly it adds glamour to the 2,000-home complex being built alongside the new US Embassy.
Flats in the development are priced from a cool £1 million have shared rooftop sun terraces, a spa and summer bar will be available from Autumn next year.
The pool itself 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. Apartments have full-height glazing and open-plan interiors with oak, marble and granite finishes.
Two additional tube stations will link central London to new area, which will feature a new public square designed by star-chitects BIG. Last month, the firm’s young founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled plans to turn the chimneys at the iconic power station into giant sparking Tesla coils.
Elsewhere in London, Kings Cross is home to the UK’s first man-made bathing pond, conceived as both an art installation and a public facility.
Buying agent Henry Pryor said he thought the plans for the pool were “genuinely crackers” and wondered “are there enough exhibitionists to fill it?”. He said: “It’s not easy to say for sure what the extras like pools, tennis courts and home cinemas add to a home, but for the first time I can honestly say that whilst my admiration for the architect is close to reverence this absurd addition must surely be the biggest mistake I have ever come across.”
DMZ think the design features look fantastic and eagerly await to see the finished article in 2018. We see this as further example of the London property market’s ability to cater for all and defy against recession odds, with investors predominantly looking at the long term return. That said, over the past year the Battersea project has not gone entirely to plan, with a change of use from residential units into office space for as much as 1m sqr ft of space.
Project Directors remain confident, however DMZ heard on the street that some lenders are now not giving the green light to any future borrowing in projects in the Battersea postcode; scared that residential over-supply is flooding the market and developers will not turn a profit in the area. As usual, we will keep you updated.
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