Lonely Planet Writer

The world's first 360-degree infinity pool could be built above a skyscraper in London

Plans are underway to build the world’s first rooftop 360-degree infinity pool on top of a skyscraper in London.

There are plans to build an infinity pool above a skyscraper in London. Image by Compass Pools

UK-based pool manufacturer, Compass Pools, unveiled an architectural concept for Infinity London, a 600,000-litre pool that would top a 55-storey hotel in the capital. It would be the ultimate pool with a view in London, allowing visitors to feel like they’re floating above the city’s skyline. Compass Pools describe it as “the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool.”

The swimming pool will be made from cast acrylic and will feature transparent sides and floors so swimmers will have uninterrupted views of the city above and below the water. To access the pool, guests will travel up through an air-locked rotating spiral staircase that rises through the water, a feature that Compass say is based on the design of a submarine door.

Guests will feel like they’re floating above the capital. Image by Compass Pools

London’s famously unpredictable weather has been taken into account we’re promised the pool will be heated, using energy from the building’s air-conditioning system. A built-in wind speed monitor will prevent water spilling onto the streets below and designers plan to install a full spectrum of twinkling lights to give the building the appearance of a sparkling “jewel-topped torch” at night.

Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley told Lonely Planet that inspiration for the pool came from his “need to create something truly spectacular and groundbreaking in the world of swimming pool design.”

The pool would sit on top of a 55-storey building in London. Image by Compass London

Compass Pools says it will have a five-star international hotel on the top floors and the rooftop pool will be used by its guests. If all goes to plan and partners and contractors are confirmed, construction could begin in 2020. First, however, the company needs to figure out how to transport 600,000 litres of water to the top of a 55-storey building.