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Studio Octopi starts crowdfunding for Thames Baths


Studio Octopi has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its proposed Thames Baths project

The practice is hoping to raise £125,000 to help fund the creation of an outdoor, floating freshwater pool in central London.

The lido at Temple Stairs off the Victoria Embankment will feature a floating pontoon, incorporating two pools and a large publicly accessible decked area, which rises and falls with the tide.

Backed by artist Tracy Emin, the scheme was first revealed as one of five concepts selected for an exhibition of ideas called London As It Could be Now – a programme developed by the Architecture Foundation alongside Richard Rogers and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Those who pledge money to the project - the minimum pledge is £8 - will receive free swims during the lido’s opening year.

Founder, Chris Romer-Lee said: ‘Ever since we first sketched out the original concept for Thames Baths, we have always wanted to build something that benefited the community and allowed them to participate in its creation. The latter is one of the reasons why we are launching crowd-funding on Kickstarter. We want Londoners, swimmers and anyone passionate about urban waterways to show their support for this project and what better way than a very public campaign.’

He added: ‘In parallel to crowdfunding the team is working to secure additional investors from government sporting organisations to interested corporates. Crowdfunding is the start of the journey and a chance for the public to become founding members of this swimming revolution in the heart of London.’

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page.



Readers' comments (2)

  • If I was going to rank - on a scale of 1 to 10 - the Thames Baths project, and the 'green bridge', in terms of appropriate interventions on the river, these baths would be up there at 1 and the 'green bridge' would be an also-ran.

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  • iain meek

    I agree with Mr Wakeham.

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