The 360 pool is to be manufactured by Compass Pools with the projects called Infinity London. The pool is to feature transparent sides and floors, allowing visitors to see swimmers in the pool above them.
As the pool is located on a rooftop there will be no stairs on the outside of the pool. Alternatively, a spiral staircase that rotates and rises through the water will provide access for swimmers. Alex Kemsley technical director commented:
We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool. 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!
Kemsley also explained that the project is unique as with most rooftop pools the design is usually an afterthought as the building is the main project but in this case, the pool is the main focus.
On this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘How do we put a building underneath this?
For safety reasons, the pool will include a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed as the pool is located 55 levels up. The monitor will also feed information to a computer-controlled building management system that is designed to regulate and ensure that pool water does not spill onto the streets below.
Compass Pools commented that as the sun sets over London the pool’s light would create “the appearance of a sparkling jewel-topped torch.” Construction for the pool will possibly start in 2020 with the confirmation of all partners and contractors.