mercoledì 14 marzo 2012

KING'S CROSS STATION




London again.

The redevelopment of the King's Cross Station is complete. Major remodelling of the station will deliver improved passenger facilities, rationalised operational activities and significantly increased retail opportunities at the station. The practice has played a key role in the wider transformation of the King's Cross area - infrastructure, social and commercial changes now connect the station with the substantial King’s Cross Central scheme north of the station, as well as improved interchange links with the London Underground, St. Pancras Station, Thameslink services, taxis and buses.
This enormously complex redevelopment project has required a series of layered interventions involving three very different areas of architectural specialism: re-use, restoration and new build. The train-shed and range buildings have been adapted and re-used, the station’s previously obscured Grade façade is being precisely restored, and a new, highly expressive and visually striking Western Concourse has been designed as the centrepiece and the 'beating heart' of the project.

The ambition by Architect John McAslan is transformation of the station, creates a remarkable dialogue between Cubitt’s 1852 station and 21st-century architecture - a quantum shift in strategic infrastructure design in the UK. When the station opens on 19 March 2012, the public will discover a modern transport super-hub fit for a major capital city and ready to play its part in the 2012 London Olympics.




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