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Swim in the Sky

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Imagine swimming 10 storeys high in a glass-bottomed pool with literally nothing but the ground 33 metres below! Terrifying, right? Well, terrifying it may be, but that hasn't stopped UK architecture firm HAL from developing the so-called 'Sky Pool'.

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According to a report by Dezeen, Designed by Arup Associates with specialist marine engineers on board for advice on safety, security and design, the pool will be 25 metres in length, built between two apartment blocks in the popular Embassy Gardens development by Ballymore in London's Battersea. The glass pool will connect the two buildings and is certainly reserved for the more adventurous swimmer. Should you prefer to reach the other side without getting wet, there will be a walkway alongside the pool.

The pool's glass walls will be 20cm thick as with aquarium-standard strength glass, while the pool itself will be five metres wide and three metres deep. '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 in an online interview with Dezeen. 'I wanted to do something that had never been done before.'

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We've seen some pretty impressive concept pools, but this one will certainly take top honours when it's built. Better get over your fear of heights and get those goggles ready as completion of the building is expected for 2017.

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