Kings Cross Redevelopment
An invited one day charette to develop proposals for the Kings Cross redevelopment site in conjunction with the Architects Journal and Argent.
What should new urban projects contribute to 21st century London? At the very least, they should create places that are a joy to occupy and visit, have a beneficial impact on the city, and be carbon neutral.
We propose to open up and integrate the site with its surroundings by covering the adjoining rail tracks with a new 2 hectare green park.
A series of stepped buildings with planted facades are set along a new inlet from the Regents Canal creating a green waterside promenade. Routes between the buildings connect the promenade to the new park and the rest of the development.
We see the proposal as a 21st century vision to create a delightfully engineered zero carbon scheme. The new canal inlet serves as a massive heat sink used for cooling in summer and heating in winter. External planted screens give shade, oxygen and greenery, as well as filtering grey water returned to the canal. Lightweight opening ETFE roofs cover the promenade creating a sweeping winter garden and eliminating the need for space heating.