Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Architecture: King's Cross New Concourse

King's Cross station opened its doors yesterday to show off its brand new makeover, which is said to be a by-product of the London 2012 'makeover of the capital'. The impressive design is said to be 'practically supportless' according to architecture digital magazine Architizer, with a seamless interlocking truss design, King's Cross really does formidably rival its boisterous brother next door, St Pancras International. The glass and steel framed structure holds the building in such gravity defying fashion, whilst seeming to be able to hide all the unpleasantries associated with steel frame architectural engineering. What is most impressive is the fact that not one train was cancelled in the process of the refurbishment of the station, with the station having run as normal throughout all the proceedings in a calm and collected fashion, which is a direct opposite to that of St Pancras' 2007 redevelopment. The London terminal brings British station architecture right to the forefront of station design, whilst preserving the best of the old by way of the iconic flemish bond brick. The contemporaries are moulded organically and fluently around the interior and exterior of the existing shell. Lovely.

Images: Network Rail (via Architizer)