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London, a ridiculous city where it costs £750 per month to live in an actual shed, could be getting the world’s first 360-degree infinity pool built on top of a skyscraper. No, this isn’t a weird Sims-themed art installation. It’s set to be the chief attraction of a five-star hotel. While responses are mixed, a reasonable section of the populace isn’t happy about it.
We want affordable housing!— Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) June 7, 2019
London: how about a skyscraper infinity pool that is impossible to enter and leave? https://t.co/U37jTGdqea
But leaving aside the ethics of building more luxury facilities in a city that desperately needs affordable housing, many people are asking the same question: how do you get in?
Power goes out voila you're trapped. Hard pass— Steven (@msugogreen91) June 7, 2019
There's no possible failure mode with this design. If the staircase fails for whatever reason, people will be stuck in the pool with no way to get out.— stanthe███chan (@stanthemanchan) June 6, 2019
Actual footage of how you get in and out of the pool: pic.twitter.com/0Lo3r8MTsi— Jefferson Grubbs (@MrScreenAddict) June 6, 2019
The answer is less than reassuring. Entry will be via an airlock with a rotating spiral staircase, apparently, that will rise and fall in the middle of the pool whenever someone wants to get in or out. “It’s a little bit James Bond,” says the designer cheerfully, missing the part where it’s clearly a Bond villain all by itself.
I murdered many a Sims using this very idea. Don’t do it, it’s a trap!— Intersectional Sofa (@mmm_kantaloupe) June 6, 2019
People, especially Londoner’s pissed off about the rent crisis, are already gleefully predicting all the ways this is going to kill people.
We will all become aware of this two more times.— David Hines (@dbh1ne2) June 6, 2019
1. When it opens.
2. After the inevitable tragedy.
Some are raising genuine concerns such as the suicide potential, the camera in place of an actual lifeguard (especially with the slow-moving stairs), and how the hotel will keep people from being swept over the side in high winds.
So many questions? How do they get there? Why the glass bottom? How do u clean it ? Suicide spot? This just seems like THE WORST IDEA ... mans has been playing too much sims— Megan (@gemonlinetweets) June 6, 2019
Where does the lifeguard sit?— Hank (@hen_hank) June 7, 2019
So high buildings top floors tend to move naturally due to wind force. I'm very interested in how they plan to avoid the waves this back and forth movement would create in any pool.— Ninja Chapado (@icanhazsake) June 6, 2019
But most are just having fun predicting scenarios straight out of a disaster movie, from the terrifyingly plausible…
I would watch that film. All we need now is a storm approaching with high winds.— Akiva Weinberger (@akivaw) June 6, 2019
You’re all getting too excited about a 360° infinity pool in LONDON that wants you to trust a “rotating spiral staircase that moves up and down”. All of that is a horror movie waiting to happen— the softball watcher (@alyssakeiko) June 6, 2019
Wait til it rains, as it does often there, and the overfill will flow you out.— Michael Carter (@mtnmedic64) June 7, 2019
It's a new human trap, you can get in, but you can't get out.— Moses V (@mosesv26) June 7, 2019
…to the wonderfully ridiculous. I mean Sharknado is about due for another installment, isn’t it?
I mean surely also a tornado with a shark in it— Sally Adee (@Sally_Adee) June 6, 2019
Open Water but it's about 5 wealthy white people stranded on a rooftop infinity pool— Sherman's march to silicon valley (@a_bad_sign) June 6, 2019
But while Londoners angry about this monument to the wealth gap are tackling it with their signature mix of sarcasm and contempt, it turns out the thing might not be being built at all.
It’s only a proposed design, for an as yet unconfirmed location within the city.
'Construction of the pool could begin in 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed'.— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) June 7, 2019
In other words, @CNN
got played by a pool company that rendered one impossible design for publicity purposes. https://t.co/bLKyDiylzn
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Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org