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Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames

Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames
Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames, The latest iteration of the design proposed for Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane
The latest iteration of the design proposed for Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane

A proposal to create a floating swimming pool in the Thames river will step up a gear tomorrow, as Studio Octopi will present their design for the Thames Baths at the Guardian's World Cities Day Challenge. Originally created as part of the Architecture Foundation's competition to design ways to reconnect Londoners with the river, the Thames Baths design has gained momentum over the last year, with a recent iteration of the design proposed for London's Victoria Embankment.

More on the design after the break

Plan of the design at Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane
Plan of the design at Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane

The Thames Baths website explains "Swimming has always featured in the River Thames. The ability to do so has become harder and harder as river traffic has increased and London’s population has outgrown the ageing sewage system." However, the idea for a swimming pool in the river was sparked by ongoing improvements to London's sewer system, making use of the improvements to the river's water quality that this will bring.

Short cross section of the design at Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane
Short cross section of the design at Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane

The response to this opportunity involved I light touch, which was not "about imposing ourselves on this historic waterway," but rather creating a connection to the river with a pool "filling and flowing with the water that runs around, beneath and over it."

Surrounding the pool are reeds that "frame tantalising views of the city around you," as well as providing habitat for birds and other animals in the city.

Long cross section of the design at Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane
Long cross section of the design at Victoria Embankment. Image © Studio Octopi / Picture Plane

Studio Octopi will present their proposal to the Cities Day Challenge Jury between 1:12pm and 1:24pm GMT tomorrow (Friday October 31st). You can follow all the presentations on twitter using #CitiesDay.

The design was presented at an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and at the Roca London Gallery's Urban Plunge Exhibition, seen here. Image © Nina Sologubenko
The design was presented at an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and at the Roca London Gallery's Urban Plunge Exhibition, seen here. Image © Nina Sologubenko
  • Architects

  • Location

    Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y, United Kingdom
  • Landscape Architects

    Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects
  • Marine Engineers

    Beckett Rankine
  • Strategist

    Matt Bamford-Bowes
  • Graphic Designers

    Build
  • Cost Consultants

    Jackson Coles LLP
  • Ambassadors

    The Architecture Foundation, Patricia Brown, Caitlin Davies, Tracy Emin, Shelagh Fogarty, Owen Hopkins, Jenny Jones AM (Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb), Jenny Landreth, The Outdoor Swimming Society, Amy Sharrocks
  • Project Year

    2013
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Cite: Rory Stott. "Studio Octopi Proposes Floating Swimming Pool in the Thames" 30 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/563189/studio-octopi-proposes-floating-swimming-pool-in-the-thames/> ISSN 0719-8884
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