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TravelDesigner reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool

20:30  10 june  2019
20:30  10 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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London could get a 360-degree infinity pool atop a skyscraper. People can't figure out how you 're supposed to get in and out of this stunning rooftop infinity pool with 360-degree views. Alex Kemsley, a pool designer and technical director for Compass Pools , told INSIDER that the staircase

London ’ s First 360 Degree Rooftop Infinity Pool Has the Internet in Shambles. How do we get out ? What happens to all of the water spilling over the edges? How is this safe? In their plans, the pool company revealed an entirely transparent floor, so the people below (in the proposed 55-story

Designer reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool© Compass Pools

When plans were revealed for the world's first 360-degree rooftop infinity pool in London last week, people around the world couldn't contain both their excitement and their confusion.

The pool, which is set to be atop a 55-storey skyscraper named Infinity London, could potentially be in construction as early as 2020.

"We felt like we broke the internet," Alex Kemsley, the pool's designer said afterwards.

The biggest question everyone was asking was: How do you get in and out? Although Kemsley, Compass Pools' pool designer and technical director, had shared an initial explanation, it still wasn't entirely clear in the eyes of many.

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The pool ' s designer Alex Kemsley explained to INSIDER how this actually works. But one major question most people have asked is: How on Earth do you get in and out of the pool ? "Architects often come to us to design rooftop infinity pools , but rarely do we get a say in the building design

Compass Pools ' rooftop infinity pool , with 360-degree views of the London skyline. The designers envisage that the pool will sparkle like “jewel- topped torch” at night, with the building Another person came up with some ideas about how to get in and out , complete with diagrams.

After INSIDER asked for further clarification, Kemsley shared a design of the top of the building and explained in more detail how it all worked.

Designer reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool© Compass Pools

"Essentially, it's a tube in a tube," Kemsley said. An outer tube rises up from the floor and fills with water from the pool, which is being displaced.

The water that has filled the tube then drains out and goes back into the balance tank - every commercial swimming pool has a balance tank that ensures the water level stays the same regardless of how many people are getting in and out of the pool, displacing water as they go.

There's then a dry, inner tube, which contains the spiral staircase and is entered via a door on the floor below. "You can't open the door until the outside tube has drained," Kemsley explained to INSIDER.

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THE world' s first rooftop infinity swimming pool with a 360-degree view of London is set to be built on top of New plans reveal the heart-stopping design which features four transparent walls and a clear bottom Confused Facebook users struggled to work out how to get into it, with one asking: " How do you However, to get into the swimming pool , the designers explained a James Bond-esque spiral

Pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley says, “Pop your goggles on and with a 360-degree view of London The most common one asking the mechanics of getting in and out of the pool . The designer reveals , “The solution is based on the door of a submarine, coupled with a rotating spiral #Travel – World' s first 360-degree rooftop infinity pool planned for London skyline – https

He imagines it would take about 30 seconds for the whole process to take place, from the outer tube rising to a person getting into the pool.

Designer reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool© Compass Pools

At the top, the outer tube sticks out above water level by about 30cm, "just so that the water doesn't then splash back down the tube."

The top step of the spiral staircase is roughly water level so once you're at the top, you just have to hop over the edge of the tube and into the pool - there'll also be an option to climb down some indentations in the outer tube if you prefer to enter the pool more gently.

The staircase has also been designed so that the top step is nearest the centre of the pool so there's no possibility of falling off the edge of the building.

When it's time for the staircase to go back down, the inner tube containing the staircase goes down first, the door shuts, the outer tube then fills with water, and the tube retracts, placing water back in the pool as it does.

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A Dizzyingly High Rooftop Infinity Pool Is Coming to London , and It Will Have 360-degree Skyline Views. For Compass Pool designers , having uninterrupted views above and below the water was an essential component, so “Architects often come to us to design rooftop infinity pools , but rarely

A computer generated image of the rooftop infinity pool on a London skyscraper. “Architects often come to us to design roof top infinity pools , but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought,” Compass Pool ’ s swimming pool designer and technical

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Designer reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool© Compass Pools

Some people had also expressed concerns that entering a pool via a tube wouldn't be safe, but Kemsley believes there's nothing to worry about.

"It's all linked to the PLC [programmable logic controller, 'a computer which interfaces with all sorts of things like pumps and switches and lights'] using what's called an interlock," he explained.

"You have water sensors in the tube meaning that doors and mechanical devices can't move unless there's a safety switch triggered, so that stops the building flooding.

"Also, the floor below is what we call a wet floor, so if any water gets in there it simply drains down through tubes, through the building out into the street or drainage system. That means there's no risk of the floors below flooding."

Equally, some people had concerns about what would happen if there was a fire in the building.

"It's probably one of the safest buildings on the planet if there's a fire because we have a built-in water reservoir linked to the sprinkler system," assured Kemsley. "It's very, very simple to put out a fire in terms of opening the taps."

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The world' s first 360-degree infinity pool is coming to a London rooftop — and people are very But what about entering and exiting the pool ? The pool ' s designers didn't want to obscure the view with Several people have asked how you get out of the infinity pool and I’ve had an idea about that too

London is reportedly getting a death-defying rooftop infinity pool with incredible 360-degree views of the city. The designers , Compass Pools , have described it as But how will people get in and out of the pool ? And what will it take to get all that water up there? You can find out more in the video above.

Designer reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool© Compass Pools

Kemsley also addressed the point that birds could drop faeces in the pool. "Yes, potentially they could poo in it. But this pool poses a lesser risk of birds pooing in it than a pool at ground-level, and certainly than pools near the seaside, so it's not really a risk that concerns us.

"In case a pigeon does poo in it, you have automatic dosing systems that monitor the chemical levels and a chemical, normally chlorine, would kill the bacteria from any pigeon poo."

Another question some people had was whether you could splash people on the ground form the pool. However, the building is, in fact, going to be tapered, meaning pedestrians below would be safe from any particularly energetic swimmers.

Designer reveals how you get in and out of London's rooftop infinity pool© Compass Pools

While there won't be a traditional lifeguard as there's nowhere for a high chair to go, there'll be someone in the pool who'll also control the staircase.

What's more, there will be underwater cameras linked to machine learning that can detect if someone's underwater for a period of time or in danger, which automatically triggers the staircase to come out.

"A lot of thought has gone into the safety side of things," Kemsley confirmed.

Kemsley also told INSIDER that there will be no swimming during thunderstorms, but swimming in the rain will be allowed: "It's going to be 30 degrees Celsius in there," he said. "Swimming in the rain is great, the steam will be rising."

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But this design for a London rooftop pool is just another high-rise ego gimmick. We are assured there is in fact a way in and out , courtesy of a “rotating spiral This Infinity Pool appearing in the City of London is about as likely as a pool being fitted in the restored Notre Dame Cathedral, but clickbait

Called Infinity London , designers claim the project is, “The only building in the world to incorporate a a “Architects often come to us to design [ rooftop ] infinity pools , but rarely do we get a say in the building This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for

The whole Infinity London project started life in 2017, and Kemsley is now in talks with hotel chains and developers in the UK and Dubai to make it happen.

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