Beautiful or Terrifying? Architect Designs Hotel Suspended Over a Cliff

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Norway’s spectacular fjords make a dramatic backdrop for any building, and now a Turkish architectural design studio has proposed a boutique hotel built into one of the nation’s famous cliffs.

The concept would be built to look like part of Preikestolen, a 1,982-foot cliff in southern Norway that has become a popular tourist attraction.

It features a large viewing platform on the top deck that doubles as the entrance to the building, with three floors of guest quarters below.

Norway Cliff Hotel
The swimming pool extends out from the cliff face. (Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio)

Each level has a protruding balcony that provides stunning views over the surrounding landscape.

On the lowest level, a long, narrow swimming pool juts out from the cliff face, with a viewing deck that provides a place for guests to relax.

The concept was dreamed up by Hayri Atak, an architectural design studio based in Istanbul.

But don’t rush to book your room yet—there’s been no word on whether the hotel will ever be built.

Norway Cliff Hotel
The concept was dreamed up by Hayri Atak, an architectural design studio based in Istanbul. (Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio)

It is the latest design concept to feature an unusual swimming pool.

In June, designs were revealed for an infinity pool on the roof of a skyscraper in London, which would offer 360-degree views of the British capital.

The pool would sit atop a 55-story building, to be called Infinity London, according to Compass Pools, its designers.

They say the concept is a world first, describing the structure as “the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool.”

‘World’s First’ Infinity Pool With 360-Degree Views

For thrill-seeking swimmers, the chance to take a death-defying dip might not be far away. Plans to build a rooftop infinity pool—with 360-degree views of the London skyline—are in motion.

London skyline
The pool will be built in cast acrylic with a transparent floor and sides. (CNN)

The designs for the 600,000-liter pool and 55-story building, named Infinity London, have been unveiled by Compass Pools. The designers claim the concept is a world-first, describing the structure as “the only building in the world to incorporate a 360-degree infinity pool.”

The pool will be made from cast acrylic and will feature transparent sides and floors, so visitors below will be able to see swimmers splashing around above them.

To keep views pristine, there are no stairs on the outside of the pool or the building—instead, a spiral staircase that rotates and rises through the water provides access for swimmers.

London skyline
For thrill-seeking swimmers, the chance to take a death-defying dip might not be far away. Plans to build a rooftop infinity pool with 360-degree views of the London skyline are in motion. (CNN)

The designers envisage that the pool will sparkle like “jewel-topped torch” at night, with the building fitted with a collection of lights.

“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool,” said Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley in an interview on the company’s website.

People also took to social media to express their concerns about the design.

“But…how do you get out?!” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another person came up with some ideas about how to get in and out, complete with diagrams.

Kemsley did explain how to enter or exit 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!”

The pool will also be fitted with a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed, and will be linked to a computer-controlled building management system that will regulate the pool’s temperature and ensure water doesn’t spill onto the streets below. The water will be heated using waste energy from the building’s air conditioning system.

The designers also plan for a five-star hotel to sit underneath the pool in the top stories of the skyscraper.

infinity pool
The infinity pool would allow an unobstructed view of the London skyline. (Compass Pools)

Construction of the pool could begin in 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed.

NTD reporter Tiffany Meier contributed to this article.

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