Designs for a transparent swimming pool suspended 35 metres high, have been unveiled for the second phase of the Embassy Gardens Project, a high-end residential development in the heart of London.

Dubbed the ‘sky pool’, the development will connect two buildings designed by London-based practice HAL, and will be part of a complex of 2,000 homes developed by Ireland’s Ballymore Group.

Aerial view of the Sky Pool. Image: Ballymore Group

Chairman and CEO of the Ballymore Group Sean Mulryan, told Dezeen that the Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade.

“The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London,” he says.

Offering undisrupted views of the Houses of Parliament and the landmark London Eye, the sky pool itself was designed by British engineering firm Arup Associates, and is slated for completion in 2017.

The view from a distance. Image: Ballymore Group

The acrylic pool, which is structure-free, is designed to feel like an aquarium, offering the illusion and sensation of swimming through the air. 

Spanning 25 metres in length, residents will be able to gain access from both buildings.

Arup Associates Practice Leader, Jo Wright, said on their website that Ballymore has presented them with a unique opportunity to push the boundaries of architecture.

“As architects we aim to challenge conventions and set new standards that shape the way we live,” she says.