England

King's Place

Dixon Jones Ltd

2006-2007

Kings Place was designed as a new kind of building type for London with the suggestion that offices can be a more adventurous and positive element in the cultural and urban life of the city.

Client: Sir Robert McAlpine
Main contractor: Sir Robert Mc Alpine
Façades: 12 000 m2
Type: Mixed-use development, music and visual art center combined with offices spaces (7 floors)
City: London

The idea is to develop an office building that is also open to the public and offers cultural activities.

Surrounded on two sides by water, the Regents Canal and the Battle Bridge Basin, it is close to the new international station at St Pancras and adjacent to the Kings Cross development area.

The building respond to the contrasting contexts of York Way and the canalside. An outer layer of glass, associated with energy conservation, is made up of extremely shallow, curved panes that coalesce in perspective to give a dramatic appearance, analogous to the appearance of water. The stone elevations consist of large pre-cast elements clad in Jura stone cut across the bed to reveal a characteristic patterning. 

(source: dixon jones)

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