"For me, Mother Nature is the ultimate swimming pool designer," Pool Master Anthony Archer-Wells said in an episode of The Pool Master.
And with the premier of the show's new season tonight (at 9/8c!), it just makes sense to reveal a new London pool masterpiece inspired by Mother Nature, one the Pool Master himself would be proud of.
In the heart of the King's Cross Station redevelopment project is the new KX Pond Club, a natural swimming pond surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that change with the seasons.
Unlike a traditional swimming pool, this pond is filtered by wetland and submerged water plants, in a “closed-loop” process. That's right, no chemicals, and no chlorine. Before entering, users will be educated to understand just how the self-sustaining ecosystem works, and even restricted access on any given day if the pool reaches a specific capacity, to allow the pond to regenerate.
The entire project's infrastructure cost about $4.5 billion and was created by Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč and designed by Ooze Architects, headquartered in the Netherlands.
“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,” says Efa Pfannes, founder of Ooze Architects.
The pool is bordered by the Regents Canal, St. Pancras Grand hotel, and Kings Place, a gallery and concert hall, home to the Guardian and the Observer newspapers, and will be 131 feet long when it's complete.
Archer-Wells and his team designed their own natural pool in Upstate New York, that's a whopping 160 feet across and 145 feet wide, filled with 800,000 gallons of naturally filtered water.
"You know, there's nothing quite like taking a dip in a natural swimming pool. You'll feel at one with nature. Truly, it's a magical experience," Archer-Wells said.
The King’s Cross natural pool is expected to open this May.
Tune into The Pool Master TONIGHT at 9/8c!