Adelphi's original Denton Corker Marshall design was considered groundbreaking in many aspects but the most startling feature of all appeared gravity defying - a glass-bottomed, cantilevered swimming pool that extended a full two metres beyond the building's periphery, to hover above Flinders Lane. Dawdling pedestrians looking up and daring swimmers looking down might just catch each other's gaze, separated only by nine storeys of open air.
It's hard to believe that Adelphi, acclaimed for its innovation and contemporary aesthetic, has charmed its guests for two decades. The change of ownership in 2013 prompted significant plans to renovate and rejuvenate. In July 2015, the redevelopment of the pool deck was put out to tender. To date, some architects have put forward some amazing design ideas. We will keep you updated when we have further information as to when the refurbishment commences.
In preparation for the pool deck renovations commencing around spring 2016, we have disabled the pool heating. For those daring enough to take an invigorating plunge, please feel free. The deck will still be opened from 7am to 10pm daily, until we start the physical works, which we estimate to be September, 2016.