It’s not everyday that you come across a new, completely naturally filtered, swimming pond in the centre of a building site in the heart of London. The project, brainchild of architects Ooze and a collaboration with artist Marjetica Potrc, is a living arts installation who’s purpose is, amongst others, to describe the balance of man with nature, and the balance of living in a sustainable city.
The pond uses specific plants and a phased filtration cycle to completely replenish the water every 24 hours - the 600m2 pond can sustain 163 swimmers per day with this process. The infomation graphic language of the identity and visitor information panels reference the temporary nature of the project (the land is owned by Argent who are behind the major King Cross regeneration scheme). Let’s hope that the project is so successful that not only does it become a permanent feature but also spawns similar projects throughout central London.