But they pale by comparison to the latest cutting-edge design trend. Today it is suspended swimming pool design, a gravity defying, surreal feat of engineering that is generating wide eyed buzz in the architectural world. These hanging pools immerse swimmers in an ethereal reality, in which they feel as if they are both floating and flying.
Enclosed in clear glass, literally suspended in midair between two structures or cantilevered off a building and over thin air, these floating fantasy lands are giving new meaning to hanging by the pool.
Not only does suspended swimming pool design rank high on the WOW meter, it also serves a practical purpose, allowing commercial and residential properties with limited space the luxury of integrating a swim-friendly water feature into their architecture.
Wall House –When One Pool is Not Enough
The jewels in the crown of this bold design by Guedos Cruz Arquitectos are the two exterior pools. A glass bottomed, suspended, completely transparent pool floats above the conventional ground level pool. The effect of the transparency and reflections is both visually stunning and spiritually uplifting.
Swimming in the Sky at Embassy Gardens
According to Sean Mulyran, chairman and CEO of the Ballymore Group, the projects developers, to experience the pool will be like “floating through the air over central London.”
Suspended Swimming in Dubai’s Intercontinental
For architects, suspended swimming pool design means tapping into a whole new dimension of creativity. For swimmers, it promises a daring, dizzying, midair experience, sure to soar to the top of bucket lists worldwide. Sharing a sense of adventure, both the innovators and thrill seekers are taking a dive into uncharted waters.