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Texas sky pool juts out 10 feet beyond high rise’s rooftop

The sky pool at Market Square Tower juts out 10 feet beyond the 42nd floor and lets swimmers see down to the street 500 feet below.
The sky pool at Market Square Tower juts out 10 feet beyond the 42nd floor and lets swimmers see down to the street 500 feet below. Courtesy Market Square Tower

Not too long ago, infinity pools were the height of luxury -- edgeless wonders that wiped away any boundary between you and the awe-inspiring horizon.

But now architects are going to infinity and beyond.

Houston’s Market Square Tower unveiled its “sky pool” this week, a bottomless basin that extends 10 feet beyond the 42nd floor rooftop pool and lets swimmers look down 500 feet on the city below. The view is pretty amazing through the 8-inch-thick plexiglass floor, according to chron.com.

Market Square Tower, a downtown Houston high-rise, hasn’t officially opened yet, but 25 percent of the tower’s more than 450 units have been leased, according to the Chronicle. Prices range from $1,805 per month to $18,715 for a penthouse.

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The sky pool in London stretches between two 10-foot towers. Ballymore Group

The first sky pool was reportedly built in London, and it stretched between two, 10-story towers in the central part of the city. In Montreal, there is a glass-bottomed indoor pool that looks down on hotel guests at a Westin. And, of course, the Joule’s famed pool in Dallas juts out past the rooftop, making it feel like you’re swimming on a cloud.

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The Joule Pool Archive photo

The pool is not bottomless, but that didn’t keep The Joule from being included in Newsday’s list of the Sexiest Hotel Pools in the country.

But Houston may have every other city beat.

In addition to the new sky pool, the Marriott Marquis there is building a pool with a 530-foot lazy river in the shape of the state of Texas. It’s slated to debut in December, and no doubt will become a destination during Super Bowl LI in February.

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