Heard about London’s ‘sky pool’ yet? Basically a regular 25m swimming pool suspended between two apartment blocks 10 storeys up, it will form part of a new development near the former Battersea power station.
It’s expected to be ready for action in 2018, and will be entirely transparent and structure free – the only thing stopping all that water from plummeting to Earth will be 20cm of glass.
Not sure if we’d be brave enough to ‘float through the air in central London’ like the developers promise, we decided to take a look at the rest of the world’s biggest, most beautiful and most unusual pools:
Shangri-la Shard, London
There are plenty of height-based superlatives to enjoy atop Europe’s tallest tower, not least for triathletes the continent’s highest swimming pool – 52 stories high. Be grateful it’s not suspended in mid-air…
(Image: Shangri-la Shard)
The Crystal Lagoon, Chile
The city of Algarrobo is home to the world’s largest swimming pool, over 1km long and holding 66m gallons of seawater – equivalent to 6,000 ‘normal’ pools. No need to perfect your tumble turns here.
(Image: Stewart Cook / Rex USA)
Those clever Berliners – they took an old cargo ship and turned it into the city’s only floating swimming pool, complete with heating, roof and sauna. Sehr gut.
(Image: Marcus Grbac)
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Out of this world – this pool is warmed naturally by a nearby lava flow, and is said to have healing properties thanks to an abundance of minerals. It’s a bit warm though at 37°-39°C, so maybe not ideal for strenuous swim sets.