People have many, many issues with this 360-degree infinity pool picture

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Plans for a 360-degree infinity pool have left the internet cold. [Photo: Compass Pools]

Plans for a 360-degree infinity pool have been met with a whole lot of scepticism on social media.

The image, shared by CNN, features the design concept for “Infinity London”, which will be the “world’s first” 360 degree infinity pool.

Designed by Compass Pools, the 600,000 pool will be built above a 55-storey building. Made from cast acrylic and featuring transparent sides and floors, the pool on the rooftop will provide visitors below with a view of swimmers.

Yet, despite the impressive imagery, Twitter users have all sorts of objections to the concept.

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Yet, despite the impressive imagery, Twitter users have all sorts of objections to the concept.

For some, it’s a question of basic logistics: namely, how do people get in and out of the pool?

Plus, what happens when people start splashing about?

Others saw the prospective building as a middle finger up to the affordable housing crisis in London, where property prices are notoriously expensive.

Some took their economic objections one step further, referencing the problem of homelessness in London.

As for other users, the so-called “nightmare” image spurred on a more visceral reaction – cue vertigo and fear.

Finally – several Twitter users raised – an open-top swimming pool in the notoriously rainy British climate? Really?

Construction on the pool could begin in 2020, according to the Compass Pools website, if partners and contractors confirm their endorsement.

Saying that, it has been known for ambitious London building projects to be abandoned in the eleventh hour – as evidenced by the failed London Bridge, a scheme discontinued in 2017 following a review by Mayor Sadiq Khan.

In the mean time, if you’re still stuck on the getting in and out of the pool question, Alex Kemsley – swimming pool designer and technical director at Compass Pool – shared the solution in an interview on the company’s website.

“We faced some quite major technical challenges to this building, the biggest one being how to actually get into the pool.

“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 litres of water draining through the building either.

“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!”

So that’s that, then. As for the rest? We have no answers.

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