Vertigo and eccentricity, these are the new designs and constructions that defy height
The fascination with height, for defying vertigo, for trying to touch the sky with your hands continues to inspire architects and engineers with new and increasingly daring proposals. It is no longer just about going up to a viewpoint or a bar in a skyscraper, (the higher the better) to contemplate the tiny surface, as inhabited by ants, but year after year new, challenging and eccentric experiences are added, far from the amusement parks.
Swimming pools at unthinkable heights, transparent walkways that give the sensation of walking in a vacuum and even glass slides that give the sensation of launching into the void, are just some of the innovative proposals for those who dare to do a little more.
Dubai It is without a doubt the place to enjoy these walks that caress the clouds. More than 10 years ago holds the record for having the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, of 828 meters. Visitors can go to the observation deck on the 148th floor or the confectionery on level 154, to enjoy tea at 585 m above sea level. But as the tallest skyscraper was not enough, in recent times it incorporated other attractions, such as the tallest Ferris wheel: the Dubái Eye, of 250 m, which takes 40 minutes to go around. Y Sky Views recently opened, a proposal in a luxury hotel that includes, in addition to a viewpoint, a transparent bridge that joins the two towers that make up the property and a glass slide that allows launching from 220 meters high, almost as if it were in the air, from the floor 53 to 52, while enjoying the most incredible views of the city if you dare to open your eyes, of course. The experience costs $15.
Dubai also owns the world’s tallest infinity pool, those that merge into the horizon with the sea, certified in the Guinness Book last year, when it dethroned the impressive swimming pool of the Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore, of well-deserved fame. Give the gift of dips almost 300 m away on the 77th floor of the Address Beach Resort, a luxury hotel, overlooking the city and the gulf. A few months later he joined Aura Skypool, an infinity pool with 360° views in the Palm Tower, although it is a little lower (200 m), it boasts of having panoramic views for the four cardinal points.
But the kingdom of the heights is not exclusive to the Arab emirate. China highlights vice by building bridges with transparent floors and is considered the country with the most glass-surfaced walkways in the world located in natural settings: according to the state news agency ECNS there are more than 2,300 bridges. Among the most striking, the one in the Lianzhiu region stands out, which was inaugurated in 2020. It measures 526 m long and is suspended 100 m above the Three Gorges of Huangchuan. The three layers of laminated glass support up to 2,000 people simultaneously.
China highlights vice by building bridges with transparent floors and is considered the country with the most glass-surfaced walkways in the world located in natural settings: according to the state news agency ECNS, there are more than 2,300 bridges.
In Zhangjiajie, another 430 m long and 300 m high footbridge that crosses the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is one of the highest and widest in the world. The 6-meter-wide bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, was made from 99 triple-layer glass panels.
Last year the Ruyi Bridge was added, which is actually a construction with three 100-meter-long bridges, a central one that rises and two lateral ones that descend on the sides, which give the sensation of movement. It is 140 m high on a cliff in the Shenxianju valley, on the east coast of the country and of course, it has a glass floor.
As if that were not enough, they built a glass bridge with special effects that simulates cracking and breaking while walking on it. It’s in the northern province of Hebei, at an altitude of 1,180m, in the Taihang Mountains, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
The eccentricities in height also continue to accumulate on this side of the world. In London, in the middle of last year, a floating pool, supported by two buildings in the Embassy Gardens complex, in the Nine Elms neighborhood south of Thames. At 25 meters long and 35 meters high, the Sky Pool It gives the feeling of swimming in a vacuum. In this case, it is exclusively for the residents and guests of the apartments in the towers, which for those interested offers units for sale from 645,000 pounds.
New York opened the Summit viewpoint in the skyscraper in October One Vanderbilt, with challenging experiences, such as Levitation, glass platforms that protrude from the building at 324 meters high and that allow you to walk over the streets of New York and a completely transparent elevator that runs around the outside and gives the sensation of floating in the air. The visit to the observation deck and access to the elevator costs 59 dollars.
The Mirador Edge, from the tower 30 Hudson Yards, which at 335 meters high allows access to the highest open-air viewpoint in the northern hemisphere, added a new proposal in November: City Climb. It is an outdoor staircase to climb, as if it were the side of a mountain, but in the heart of Manhattan, from 362 meters to 387. The urban climbing experience costs $185.
For these pampas, more precisely in the town of Temperley, they also defy the altitude with an extravagant proposal. Last year, construction was completed on a building that has a slide on the top floor that leads to a pool and that lights up at night, like an urban beacon. It is 98 meters high, on level 28 of the tower and will be for the exclusive use of the future owners of the four-room apartment on two floors, which is for sale for $700,000.