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A Swimming Pool That Belongs To The Sky

A Swimming Pool That Belongs To The Sky

You’ve heard of sky diving but…have you heard of sky swimming?

Introducing 3 SKY POOLS that will give a whole new meaning to the pastime “sky diving” and show you sky swimming at its most exciting – or should that be terrifying?

This floating-in-the-air experience seems to be gaining popularity.

Let’s explore what is being described as an architecturally magnificent design concept currently taking hold in three cities of the world – London, Singapore and Surat (India).

1. London

A luxurious $1.6 billion apartment development project has been given the green light in central London. Developers plan to construct a transparent aquarium-like pool that will actually “hang” 10 stories above ground level. The concept has been designed to give swimmers the sensation of “floating through the air“.

For the experience of enjoying a new type of sky diving, as well as swimming/floating in the sky, owners of the new apartments will pay handsomely. The smallest apartments could set them back approximately $1 million. But the cost will be worth the exhilarating feel that will accompany a float in mid-air while cooling off on a hot summer day.  Well, won’t it?

Expect to move in to these luxurious apartments in 2018.

Want to float high above central London? You’ll gain a stunningly unique perspective on the workaday world far below.

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    image courtesy of Ballymore Group

    Gain access to this spectacular glass pool from your $1million+ decadently-designed unit that looks out over the south Thames district.

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      Can you in your wildest dreams imagine looking 10 stories straight down, while swimming in a suspended, transparent sky pool?

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        image courtesy of Ballymore Group

        2. Singapore

        Sky Habitat, due to be completed in 2016, consists of two tiered 38 storey towers. What is the most noteworthy feature of the twin apartment blocks? Yes, you’re right – a sky pool bridge.

        The luxurious 50-metre pool doesn’t boast a glass bottom as the London structure will. However, the uniqueness of the Sky Habitat’s pool lies in its ability to act as a bridge connecting two condo towers at the 38th level.

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        For those not willing to venture into the elevated pool, you’ll be catered for too. A ground level pool will be constructed also.

        If you want to enjoy amazing views of Singapore while swimming in a luxurious sky pool, this might be the place for you.

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          Do you have a head for heights?  You’ll need it, to venture into this sky pool. First, though, you’ll have to reside in one of the 509 apartments in the Sky Habitat complex.

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            Here’s your opportunity to swim from one tall tower to the other, 38 stories above ground level.

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              image courtesy of safdie architects / sky habitat

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              3. Surat

              India currently is constructing an entirely transparent sky pool as part of its five-tower Twilight Star development in Surat. (The port city of Surat is located in the western part of the Gulf of Bombay.)

              So what’s unique about this particular attraction? Well, it is 12 storeys up. However, its outstanding feature is the cantilevered design. The pool extends beyond the facade of the building so swimmers can definitely feel that they’re floating in mid-air. “There is no visual barrier between the edge of the pool and the city beyond.”

              The sky pool’s glass bottom will add another luxury component to this already feature-filled residential project.

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                Afraid of heights? Possibly you’ll be enjoying yourself too much, in this extraordinary sky pool, to be bothered by the height above ground.

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                  image courtesy of 7 Star / Black Ink

                  Want to swim and float over the city of Surat? Well, maybe not, but this sky pool terrace boasts a walking track and a terrace cafe. Either way, you’re catered for.

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                    image courtesy of 7 Star / Black Ink

                    Are swimming pools that belong to the sky the design of the future?

                    Around the world can be found many interesting and daring balcony pools, infinity pools, glass-bottomed cantilevered pools jutting out from buildings, and a variety of hanging or suspended pools in the sky. All allow swimmers to be incorporated into the environment – that’s if you’re adventurous enough.

                    Possibly the next design craze to sweep the world will be the fully transparent sky pool bridge. We have just seen artists’ impressions of several that are already under construction.

                    Sky pool bridges will definitely incorporate character and decadence into future apartment complex living. However, users will require an audacious spirit. Will you be a sky pool fan of the future?

                    Featured photo credit: Ballymore Group London via today.com

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                    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                    3. Upgrade yourself

                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                    4. Talk to a friend.

                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                    8. Have a quick nap.

                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                    10. Find some competition.

                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                    11. Go exercise.

                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                    12. Take a good break.

                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                    Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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