Cool Pools (Part 2): Taking Pools to New Heights

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my obsession with swimming pools and shared some examples of projects that had taken the concept of the standard pool to new lengths (and depths). But architects are also taking pools to new heights, with spectacular results.

Roof deck pool at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore; Photo: Design Boom

The fanciful design of Safdie Architects for the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore looks a bit like someone perched a cruise ship on top of the triple towers. But for most people, it doesn’t matter what the building looks like from the ground; they are much more interested in the view from the top.

Marina Bay Sands Pool

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore; Photo: Hotel Pictures

55 storeys up is the magnificent infinity pool, which provides impressive vistas of the city. Talk about a bird’s eye view!

Infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore; Photo: National Geographic Photography

The pool itself is pretty spectacular: it is longer than three Olympic-sized ones laid end to end. And while I don’t particularly mind heights, I might think twice before swimming right up to the edge (even if I do know that there is a catch basin that projects out just below it).

Hotel Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai; Photo: Unextour

The pool at the Intercontinental Hotel Festival City in Dubai is much smaller than that of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel but offers thrill seekers an even bigger kick. At first it looks like a typical pool, albeit with an infinity edge. But swim to the end and surprise!

Hotel Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai; Photo: Amusing Planet

The end of the pool overhangs the building by a few meters and is made of clear, curving glass. Would you be brave enough to swim out and look down 36 storeys?

Hotel Intercontinental Festival City, Dubai; Photo: Sweety Design

If you aren’t brave enough, or cannot afford a room at this pricy hotel, you can always get your thrills by standing underneath and watching the daring swimmers above.  If a trip to Dubai isn’t in your feature, check out Sweety Design’s post on similar pools in Auckland, Melbourne, and Dallas.

Joule Hotel, Dallas: Photo: Designsigh

Like the idea of swimming in the sky but looking for something more intimate? You might want to buy an apartment at Aquaria Grande in Mumbai.

Aquaria Grande, Mumbai; Photo: Luxpresso

There was a lot of buzz when architect James Law’s residential complex, complete with private balcony pools, were released. As much as I am jonesing to own a pool, I think this might be a little too extreme for me. In fact, it seems like it might have been a little too extreme for the developers too because the sales site makes no mention of this remarkable feature.

Would you be brave enough to swim in the sky or do you like your pools on ground level?

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