The UK’s first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pond is a piece of innovative Land Art, within a working construction site area of London’s King’s Cross. The 40m long, natural, chemical-free pond is the creation of Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and artist Marjetica Potrc.
Entitled ‘Of Soil and Water’: the King’s Cross Pond Club, the piece encourages visitors to enter the water and participate in the installation as a piece of experiential art.
King’s Cross Pond Club is a bathing pond, in a natural oblong shape, built two metres above ground level and 10m wide x 40m long. Its central pool is surrounded by both hard and soft landscaping, including pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change.
The swimming pond will be purified through a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water. As the UK’s first public man-made, naturally purified outdoor bathing pond, Of Soil and Water is engineered and built by Europe’s leading natural pool designers BIOTOP and its UK partner, Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd.
King’s Cross is the largest mixed use development in single ownership to be developed in central London for over 150 years. The 67-acre site has a rich history and a unique setting. The pond will be a main attraction within the Lewis Cubitt Park area of the development. The aim is to provide visitors and people living in the area with a beautiful and relaxing vantage point from where they can swim and enjoy a piece of nature in an urban location.
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Part art installation, part leisure project, the pool of naturally filtered water allows swimmers an unusual perspective on a rapidly changing part of London.
It is a must place this summer in London. I can swim there, relax and spend some time on a fresh air in nature. It is a perfect solution for hot summer days. Tell us what do you think about the King’s Cross Pond Club? Do you have any other suggestions of places worth visiting in London during summer holidays? Share with us your opinion!