The Adelphi Hotel’s pool hangs over Flinders Lane. The 25-metre pool at Adelphi Hotel. Photo: Derek Swalwell
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An underwater fashion shoot at the Adelphi Hotel pool. Photo: Eddie Jim

Melbourne’s famed high-rise, glass-bottom pool at the Adelphi Hotel that hangs nine storeys above Flinders Lane allowing passersby a see-all view of swimmers, is about to be cut short.

The structure, built more than 25 years ago as the city’s first suspended, glass-bottomed, cantilevered lap pool, juts a full two metres out over pedestrians 27 metres below.

The pool, which has been used for fashion shoots and swum in by celebrities, will now be reduced in length by 10 metres, although cutting it short won’t affect the much-celebrated view from Flinders Lane below, architects say.

“The iconic bit sticking out over the top will be the same,” McCabe Architects director Michael McCabe said.

Mr McCabe’s firm has redesigned the 25-metre pool to increase the deck area because the pool is now used more for recreation than lap swimming.

The upgrade will also bring the structure in line with existing regulations for balustrade heights and child locks on entry points, he said.

The hotel has secured planning permission to upgrade the pool deck and shorten its length to just 14.5 metres. The work will cost an estimated $380,000.

Building inspectors were more concerned about the pool’s lack of compliance with regulations than the change in design, City of Melbourne papers show.

The much-acclaimed steel-framed pool, which sets the Adelphi apart from competitors, was originally designed by Denton Corker Marshall architects.

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