The sky swimming pool in London built between two buildings

Designed by engineering giant Arup Associates, with aquarium specialists Reynolds, the 25-metre-long pool will be completely “structure free” and made of 20cm thick glass sheets, through which swimmers will be able to gaze at the lesser residents of Wandsworth below. Not that there will be much street life to behold: the £1bn Embassy Gardens scheme will be London’s most secure residential zone, its mighty blocks of 2,000 luxury flats huddled in a fortified arc around the new US Embassy.

Views of the embassy from the pool are trumpeted as a key selling point. But it is a curious decision to suspend an all-glass bridge beside a building that believes itself to be at such risk of a terror attack that it cowers behind a 30-metre-deep bomb-blast zone.

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