King’s Cross – Pond Club, Urban

The King’s Cross Pond Club is the first natural public swimming pool in the UK at the heart of Cubitt Park in King’s Cross.  The 40m long pond has space for over 100 bathers and is entirely chemical free.  The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop process using wetland and submerged plants to filter the water and keep it clean.

The original concept was designed by Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg) and Marjetica Potrčs as part of the Relay public art program.

B|D were appointed by Argent during the planning stages to provide landscape architectural input and have been design team leader working with Carillion, Willerbies, PBA and the specialist pool designer Kingcombe Aquacare during the construction phases.

The pond is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that change with the season and evolve with the temporary installation over the years.  As befits the sustainability aims of the project both the landscape and pool installation use a number of recycled materials throughout.

The Pond Club opened in the May 2015 as an arts & event space and a unique swimming experience in London.

Client: Argent & Carillion Construction Services
Architects: Ooze
Landscape Budget: Confidential
Status: Completed in May 2015

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“If not the hottest, the new pond at King’s Cross is without doubt London’s coolest new attraction.”

— Adrian Bridge, The Telegraph

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©John Sturrock
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