10 Incredibly Cool Swimming Pools

If you feel the need for speed while swimming, this is your place. Built for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the pools at the city's Aquatic Centre were designed with the athletes in mind. The main competition pool has a mechanical moving floor that's kept at a 10-foot depth during competition—just the right distance to dissipate waves created when swimmers kick. Gutters lining the pool's perimeter also help negate water turbulence that slows swimmers down. Even the rotating lane markers work to disperse energy, taking in the impact of each wave (and keeping them from entering neighboring lanes) as they spin. The center opened to the public in March 2014.<br /><br />

 

London Aquatics Centre, UK

If you feel the need for speed while swimming, this is your place. Built for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, the pools at the city's Aquatic Centre were designed with the athletes in mind. The main competition pool has a mechanical moving floor that's kept at a 10-foot depth during competition—just the right distance to dissipate waves created when swimmers kick. Gutters lining the pool's perimeter also help negate water turbulence that slows swimmers down. Even the rotating lane markers work to disperse energy, taking in the impact of each wave (and keeping them from entering neighboring lanes) as they spin. The center opened to the public in March 2014.

It may not be the only sky-high glass-bottom pool in existence, but that doesn't make the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao any less impressive and terrifying. Singaporean firm Chan Sau Yan Associates designed the 100 foot long, 20 feet wide cantilever pool (meaning there's no external bracing). Although less than half of the mostly indoor structure juts out into space from the hotel's 24th floor, it's enough to give the sensation that you're swimming in mid-air.<br /><br />

 

 

 

This story was originally written by Laura Kiniry and appeared here.

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