An Urban Natural Swimming Pool

Rozie Apps
Friday, 27th March 2015

A natural swimming pool is being built in King's Cross, London, creating a beautiful, relaxing and natural space in the centre of an urban environment. PLUS buy 'Natural Swimming Pool' DVD and get a free copy of Permaculture magazine.

A natural swimming pool, due to open in May, will feature in the redevelopment of King's Cross London.

The art installation come public swimming pool is described as the UK's first built public batural swimming pool.

For those who don't know, natural swimming pools do not need chemicals adding to clean them. They clean themselves through a filtering system of water loving plants and gravel. (See HERE for more information.)

Located within the new Lewis Cubitt Park, close to Central Saint Martins' design school, the 'Soil and Water' project is the creation of Rotterdam studio Ooze Architects and Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč.

Architect Eva Pfannes, who co-founded Oooze Archictects with Sylvain Hartenberg explains: "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.

"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 colleague Sylvain Hartenberg said: "We wanted to explore the concept of water, something which is often hidden away in urban landscapes. In this particular project, the juxtaposition of something so natural in an urban environment was a very important idea for us."

The 40 x 10m pool is set two metres above ground level and is built from salvaged bricks and stones. The surrounding area to the pool will be planted with seasonal flowers and shrubs. Once the redevelopment is complete, the pool will then be surrounded by new buildings.


Visualisation by Ooze Architects and Marjetica Potrč

To ensure the pool can maintain itself, there will be restricitions on the number of bathers.

The pool will be open in May but landscaping work and the building construction is ongoing.


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Further resources

How to make a DIY natural pool

The positive effects of a natural swimming pool


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