Sculptural Structure – King's Cross Station in London
Architects: John McAslan + Partners, London
Structural engineers: Arup, London
Location: King's Cross Station, GB-N1 9AP London
The urban development master plan was established by the architects in conjunction with Arup back in 1998. Specifications included moving the new station hall, which is primarily intended for departing passengers, to the west. The white sculptural structure of the new Western Concourse is very impressive. Shops and restaurants are located in rented spaces inserted in the structure, while ticket counters are accommodated in the historical Western Range building. This listed building has been precisely restored to its original design. White tree-like steel columns radiate from a tapered central funnel in front of the brickwork façade of the building, and span out to form the criss-crossing vaulted roof structure. Aluminium panels and glass cover the centre and sides of the structure, allowing light to fall on the Victorian façade.
A detailed documentation of the project can be found in the October edition