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Ooze reveals plans for man-made pond at King’s Cross

Ooze Architects have unveiled plans to create a publically-accessible pond as part of the King’s Cross redevelopment’s ongoing arts programme

Collaborating with Slovenia-based artist Marjetica Potrč, the Rotterdam-based architects have designed the pond to appear ‘natural’ with the addition of greenery and a rock-like enclosure. The pond will be open to the public for bathing, with the water purified through natural processes using wetlands plants.

Ian Freshwater, project manager at developer Argent which is organising the project said: ‘Ooze specialise in examining the changing nature of a development site from a natural landscape to a built one.’

He added: ‘Visitors will find it an unusual experience to walk through a hoarded walkway and encounter this pond in the middle of a construction site.’

The project has been submitted for planning, and if approved is, due to open in July this year and remain on the plot until late 2015.

Speaking about how popular the site will be during the during colder months, Freshwater said: ‘Although we expect the pond to be less popular as a bathing facility in autumn and winter, we have taken inspiration from places like the lidos in London, where certain communities use it all year around.’

RELAY is the first dedicated art programme at King’s Cross. It is inspired by the transformation of the area. RELAY plays with the notion of the human chain, the transfer from one means of transport to another and the progression of the development.

The programme was launched in late 2011 with the 9m-tall Identified Flying Object by artist Jacques Rival - a huge birdcage which hangs above the northern end of King’s Boulevard.



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