“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water,” designer and technical director of the infinity pool, Alex Kemsley, said in a press release, which is why the company opted for a rotating staircase based on the door of submarine for entry and exit, as opposed to a simple ladder.
However, people took to social media to express concerns about the design.
“But…how do you get out?!” one person wrote on Twitter.
But… how do you get out?! ???????? https://t.co/obEt2GB04r
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) June 7, 2019
Another person came up with some ideas about how to get in and out, complete with diagrams.
Thinking about that infinity pool and how you’re supposed to get in it and I’ve had a few ideas: pic.twitter.com/KkknINOH78
— DocHackenbush (@DocHackenbush) June 7, 2019
Kemsley did explain how to enter or exit the pool.
“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool,” he said in the release.
He went on to explain why they chose not to use a ladder.
“Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view–and obviously you don’t want 600,000 liters of water draining through the building either,” he said in the release.
“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,” Kemsley said in the release.
A UK-based pool manufacturer, @Compass Pools, has announced plans to build a 360-degree infinity pool atop a 55-story skyscraper in #London. It would be the world’s first such pool. pic.twitter.com/UCr9y8S9wY
— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) June 7, 2019
The infinity pool design includes a 158,503-gallon (600,000 liters) pool that will sit at the top of a 55-story skyscraper. The building’s top floors will also have a five-star international hotel, where guests can access the pool.
The pool is made out of cast acrylic, which allows the water to be completely clear so that victors to the building can see the swimmers above them, according to the British pool manufacturer’s website. The material will also provide swimmers with an unobstructed view of the London skyline.
It will also feature a built-in anemometer to monitor the wind speed, which is linked to “a computer-controlled building management system to ensure the pool stays at the right temperature,” and that the water doesn’t end up falling over the sides, according to the release.
As for eco-friendly features, the pool’s heating system will use waste energy from the hotel’s air conditioning system.
A location has not yet been determined.