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Outdoor swimming pond to open on King's Cross development site in central London


In what will be music to the ears of urban swimmers, a new outdoor swimming pond is coming to central London.

The King's Cross Pond Club has been in the works for a while but news of it has only now hit the public sphere, as it gets set to open this April. 

The 40-metre long natural bathing pond will be situated right in the middle of the King's Cross development site, surrounded by industrial buildings and construction works. 

With space for over 100 people, the unheated pond is entirely chemical free and will use wetland and submerged water plants to filter the water and keep it clear.

The site of the pond, surrounded by building development

The site of the pond, surrounded by building development

The project deliberately pitches nature against an urban cityscape. Adventurous swimmers will be able to soak in a skyline of concrete hi-rises and building work, amid the wild flowers and grasses that will line the pond and change with the season. 

The project aims to build on London's long tradition of wild swimming, from the ponds of Hampstead Heath to the Serpentine in Hyde Park. 

The amount of swimmers who can use the King's Cross pond on any day will be limited (hence the club aspect), in order to maintain the balance needed for the natural purification process.

London has a long tradition of pond bathing

London has a long tradition of pond bathing, as with the Serpentine in Hyde Park

The pond has been designed as part of RELAY, an initiative that aims to use the King's Cross development space as a giant canvas and basis for a series of art installations. 

It is a collaborative project between Netherlands-based architects Ooze and artist Marjetica Potrč, whose previous projects include designing a closed water system to combat sewage problems in the favelas of Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

"The installation aims to make us think about the relationship between nature and the urban environment – the permanence of buildings and the changing nature of undeveloped spaces," say the architects on the pond club's website

The pond will be open as an artwork from late February, with the actual swimming aspect available from April. There's no word yet on exactly how membership or pricing will work, but the organisers say it will be "for everyone to enjoy". 

See more details about the project here or watch the video below. 


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