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A new attraction in London, UK, gives visitors a place to swim, relax and experience nature. The King's Cross Pond Club is said to be the UK's first ever public swimming pond. It is a natural, chemical-free pool with green landscaping dropped into the urban area of King's Cross.

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New details about and images of London's planned Garden Bridge have been released. As the renowned horticulturist and flora designer for the project Dan Pearson has previously explained to Gizmag, the bridge will be a green public space crossing the River Thames. That's if it comes to fruition …

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In a bid to reduce the visual impact of a modern family home located within a conservation area in London, local architecture firm DSDHA sunk half of the residence into the ground and covered much of the rest with glass and mirrors. The result is a partially camouflaged building suitably named Covert House, which also boasts sustainable features that include rainwater collection and solar panels.

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The finalists have been announced in a competition to design a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Thames in London. The contest, which Gizmag featured last month, received 74 entries ranging from the understated to the absurd. Those concepts have now been whittled down to a shortlist of four. Read More
With over 230 new towers planned for London, the UK's capital could soon be left in the shade – literally. Though shade has always been a concern for architects and planners, London's dramatic increase in tall buildings will mean more darkness than before for those at street level. NBBJ has developed a custom algorithm that could mitigate this, and the firm used it to design a pair of concept towers that promise to reduce shadows on the ground by 60 percent, compared to similar-sized buildings. Read More
There has been plenty of opposition to London's proposed Garden Bridge based on its design, location and management. Now, however, a new bridge further up the Thames has grabbed people's attention. Designs for the proposed Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge range from the understated to the absurd. Read More
Fresh from being the subject of an idea to move its pedestrians and cyclists below ground, London might now see the same happen to its motorists. New proposals would see a number of the city's roads buried. The aim is to create new space above ground and make the city greener and more pleasant. Read More
Creating a new 118-km (73-mile) rail route with 10 new stations and 42 km (26 miles) of new tunnels is no mean feat. The logistics of doing so in one of the world’s major cities, however, are staggering. That is the task for the UK's Crossrail line. Major tunneling ends in May, so Gizmag went to take a look. Read More
Alex Chinneck, the British artist best known for doing very strange things with buildings, unveiled his latest work in London yesterday. Pick yourself up and pull yourself together features the new Vauxhall Corsa hanging upside down on a curled-up piece of tarmac. Read More
Gizmag covers lots of blue-sky building concepts for the cities of the future, but forward-thinking architecture is often just a matter of simple practicality. London's 250 City Road will enable its occupants to be more active, sustainable and frugal. The building is designed for cyclists. Read More
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