Stunning photos show people swimming in London's 'floating' Sky Pool situated between high-rise buildings

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People swim in Embassy Gardens' Sky Pool in London.
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  • A new pool opened in a luxury apartment building in London where residents can swim in the sky.
  • The Sky Pool is an 82-foot acrylic pool that sits between buildings 100 feet in the air.
  • Engineers, aquarium designers, and architects who worked on the Sydney Opera House designed it.
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Residents of an apartment building in London on Tuesday were photographed swimming in their new Sky Pool - a transparent pool more than 100 feet (30m) in the air that's bridging two buildings in the city's Nine Elms neighbourhood.

The pool, which is located in the Embassy Gardens apartments, opened to residents on May 19, as CNN's Maureen O'Hare reported. It is not accessible to the public, according to CNN.

Arup Associates, the architecture firm behind the Sydney Opera House, worked on the structure along with engineers from Eckersley O'Callaghan and aquarium designers from Reynolds, according to CNN.

Photos of the 10-foot-deep (3-metre-deep) pool look surreal, especially from below. It looks like people are swimming in the sky.

A swimmer in a transparent acrylic pool bridge in South London.
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The acrylic pool is more than 80 feet long (24 metres) , and more than 45 feet (13 metres) of it is situated between the buildings - giving swimmers the illusion of floating, according to Architectural Digest.

The pool also has a handful of different lighting modes, according to Travel + Leisure. The rooftop area outside of the pool has a spa, bar, and a greenhouse where orange trees grow, according to Travel + Leisure.

People are seen from below the Sky Pool in London.
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The pool is located in South London's Nine Elms neighborhood, where the average price of an apartment increased to $1 million (R14 million) in 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.

At the time of writing, all available units in Embassy Gardens are listed at more than $1 million (R14 million), according to the building's website.

People swim in the Embassy Gardens' Sky Pool in South London.
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The Sky Pool was supposed to open in summer 2020, but the process was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, as Travel + Leisure reported.

Construction on the pool has been in the works for a decade, according to Architectural Digest. After being built in Colorado, the pool was transported to Texas before being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean, Architectural Digest reported.

Looking down, swimmers at Embassy Gardens can people-watch on the street below while they float in the sky.

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