A German-Dutch team of designers is temporarily transforming part of a vast building site in central London with an intervention that is both a public pool and an art installation
For most Londoners, the developments around King’s Cross come to an abrupt halt with the huge granary containing Central Saint Martins. Yet, heading north along its western flank, one encounters the diminutive beginnings of the “Lewis Cubitt Park”. Around this, a wide arc of mixed-use buildings is currently under construction. For the next two years, amid this churned earth of building sites, a 40m x 10m, kidney-shaped swimming pool will nestle.
Raised above its surroundings, Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club, is the fourth and last iteration of the three-year Relay public-art programme, and is due to open next month as a temporary swimming venue, operating with a strict daily limit of 163 bathers. Designed by Rotterdam-based Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes and Sulvain Hartenberg), along with Berlin-based artist Marjetica Potrč (also originally an architect), it is the first UK example of a closed-loop public pool.