Construction is now almost completed on the King’s Cross natural swimming pond, as part of an art project within London’s King’s Cross Development. The naturally filtered outdoor swimming pool has been developed as part of the regeneration scheme at King’s Cross, London. The project, “Of Soil and Water” is described as the UK’s first man-made bathing pond filtered using natural processes. Conceived by Rotterdam studio Ooze Architects and Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč as both an art installation and a public facility, the pool will be cleaned using wetland flora and submerged plants rather than chemicals or machinery.
“The project is an attempt to capture the dynamicity conveyed by the changes within the area, a moment in time where new possibilities and possible futures arise,” said architect Eva Pfannes, who co-founded Ooze with Sylvain Hartenberg. The project is a small-scale enclaved environment, a living laboratory to test balance and to question a self-sustaining system including one nature cycle – water, land and the human body,” Pfannes added.
The pool is built two metres above ground level, with salvaged bricks and stones used to create a basin that measures 40 by 10 metres.
The pool is designed for use throughout the year, but the number of swimmers allowed to bathe each day will be restricted in line with the cleaning capacity of the plants. Hard and soft landscaping surrounding the water’s edge includes wild flowers, grasses and bushes will change with the seasons.