Making waves in Egypt

Monday 21 May 2012

Battle of the mega swimming pools as San Alfonso del Mar trumped by Citystars

The Fernando Fischmann-designed San Alfonso del Mar pool in Chile currently holds the title of World’s Largest Swimming Pool at an incredible 80,000 sq m, but a competitor for the title is making waves of its own. Construction of a 120,000 sq m string of lagoons is well underway in Egypt at Citystars Sharm El Sheikh, nestled in a 7.5 million sq m development on the Red Sea Riviera.

Fischmann is also behind this latest design and, working in collaboration with engineer Yehia al-Meteini, has achieved an impressive feat in conceptualising immense pools which dot the landscape in a more sustainable fashion than one would presume. al-Meteini explains: “Designed by the world-renowned Chilean Fernando Fischmann, the 120,000 sq m Crystal Lagoon qualifies to be officially recognised by the Guinness World Records, featuring the most advanced, and patented and environmentally friendly technology of Crystal Lagoons Corporation. The state-of-the-art green design of Crystal Lagoon Sharm El Sheikh is completely environmentally friendly, and fulfils the highest standards of environmental safety.”

Construction is due for completion by the end of 2012 however the Citystars Sharm El Sheikh development has already begun collecting awards for its architectural achievements. The project took home the Best Residential Project Award (Future) from the 2012 Cityscape Abu Dhabi Awards with parent company Citystars Properties scooping three gongs in total.

But until the final drop of crystal clear water enters the series of twelve lakes that make up the Citystars Sharm El Sheikh development, the record remains with San Alfonso del Mar. Running parallel with the Chilean coastline, this immense 1km-long swimming pool is filled with filtered seawater and is large enough to sail small boats and kayaks across from one side to the other. Filled with 66 million gallons of water, the record-breaker is long enough to fit 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools end to end in and is said to have cost over $1bn to construct (another figure the Citystars Sharm El Sheikh has blown out of the water!).

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