The glass pool that defies the brave


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If there is something that  Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio are experts on, it is challenging the brave. Their most recent accomplishment is a glass pool built on  a cantilever over the fjord in Norway.

The swimming pool is part of a hotel project located on a steep cliff of 600 meters high in Preikestolen. This is a popular tourist spot in western Norway that sits off the Lysefjorden fjord. This hotel, which hopes to capture the attention of those “living on the edge,” will offer accommodation to the tourists who love the risk offered by the hiking routes around the cliff.

The images of the hotel designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio demonstrate that the idea of the studio is to offer guests a unique and striking visual as well.


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Courageous and exclusive

One could say that the hotel proposed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio is framed within the “boutique” concept that has become very fashionable in recent years. This hotel will have only nine suites and a common lounge area, all embedded in the rock.

The rooms of the suites are divided into three floors and open up to shared balconies that emerge from the edge to offer uninterrupted views of the fjord and the surrounding mountains. When it comes to the living room, it also has a common balcony that extends beyond those that belong to the rooms and that’s where the giant glass swimming pool will be outdoors.

Designed for “adventurous visitors,” the pool, that is fully made of glass, projects beyond the edge of the balcony. The idea behind it is to offer to the guests who dare to swim, the opportunity to immerse themselves into an unforgettable experience through the “enjoyment” of the landscape in vertical drop.

The founder of the studio responsible for such a bold and daring proposal said in an interview with the architecture website Dezeen that her idea was to make guests feel like swimming in an environment free of gravity. Atak also stated that the idea of this pool gave birth to the rest of the  project design.


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