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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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          image courtesy of safdie architects / sky habitat

          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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                image courtesy of 7 Star / Black Ink

                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 December 9, 2019

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                    The result: no more mental stress.

                    2. Unplug

                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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