If you fancy being able to swim in a new, natural lido in the Thames in the centre of London, head over to Kickstarterwhere the fund to raise money for Studio Octopi’s ambitious plan is now live. A pledge of just £8 will give you a token for a swim in the Baths if the project is successful.
As featured in the current issue of H2Open magazine, the Thames Baths project proposes the construction of a floating freshwater pool in central London at the Victoria Embankment. River water will be filtered through reedbeds and filters located under the pool decking to create a river swimming experience with the knowledge and certification that the water meets the highest bathing water standards in the world.
“We believe that the Thames can offer the ultimate in wild urban swimming: immersed in a new perception of the river, but also a different perspective on the great city around you,” says Chris Romer-Lee of Studio Octopi, the architecture practice behind the project. “Just imagine the spectacular views framed by native reeds and rushes.”
The Kickstarter campaign has so far raised over £25,000 towards its £125,000 target.