For a Pool 55 Stories Up, They Needed Something Better Than Glass

(Photo from Compass Pools)

Yep, that’s a swimming pool — on top of a 55-story building (that’s over 656 feet high, for you Anglophiles).

That is, it will be when it’s built.  Right now, that’s a design picture, from Compass Pools — which is putting this pool atop a new building in London.

If you’re afraid of heights, well, this isn’t the pool for you.  But one thing you won’t have to worry about — is accidentally breaking the glass wall (and creating a 55-story waterfall) — because it isn’t made of glass.

It’s made of acrylic plastic, more specifically polymethyl methacrylate (or PMMA) — which starts with propylene, an important petrochemical building block. So not only are you and the water safely enclosed up there — unlike glass, with acrylic the water will look completely clear.  From every angle…

(Photo from Compass Pools)

Now, you might be wondering — how do you get in and out of that pool?  Happily, you don’t have to hoist yourself over the side (THAT might be Spider Man’s pool).

We’ll let the Compass folks describe what they came up with instead:  “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!”

We can’t totally picture that either (it’s something like an airlock that rises up out of the pool to enter, and takes you down below the pool to leave) — but it would certainly make, “I’ll be up in a minute” a lot more exciting.

And while you’re waiting for it to be built (underneath the pool will be a hotel, so when it’s all done, you could go for a swim up there), here’s a peek at what you could see if you were in the pool…

(Photo from Compass Pools)

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