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Work nears completion on Ooze's King’s Cross outdoor pool

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[FIRST LOOK] Work is nearing completion on Ooze Architects’ long-awaited natural swimming pool at King’s Cross

Designed in collaboration with Slovenia-based artist Marjetica Potrč, the natural, chemical-free pond is raised 2m above the existing ground level and is 10m wide and 40m long.

The pool is surrounded by landscaping and its water is purified through a natural closed-loop process, using wetland and submerged water plants to filter and sustain clean and clear water.

Efa Pfannes, founder of Ooze Architects, said: ‘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. Actors (visitors to the project) are part of the process. Visitors enter a living laboratory where they are aware of their relationship with nature, and about consequences of their interaction with nature and take responsibilities, they thus become actors.’

Potrč, added: ‘We have to re-think how we live with the city and with nature. Here, we are collaborating with nature and the artwork encourages the viewer to participate in that experience. Water is a source of life but it is also a metaphor for regeneration. We want to understand our influence upon nature but also our balance with nature.’

Entitled ‘Of Soil and Water: The King’s Cross Pond Club, the swimming pool forms part of Argent’s 271,000m² King’s Cross development’s art programme which has been going since 2010. The project is the fourth and final installation to be included in the first three-year-long curated programme, named RELAY.

The temporary pool is set to open to the public in April.

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