City Crit: King's Cross, Feb 2020
Join the Architecture Foundation’s expert guide Nick Edwards for a walking tour exploring King’s Cross. Discover the architectural visionaries behind the revolutionary new mixed-use district, which has transformed an enormous swathe of post-industrial central London. Located on a 27 hectare landscape of former railway sidings and warehouses – the £3 billion mega project has created a major new office, residential and educational zone anchored around a landmark Central St Martins campus with high-profile occupiers including Facebook, Google and the Aga Khan Development Network.
Following a ‘Human City’ masterplan by Porphyrios Associates and Allies and Morrison, the development has engaged some of the world’s most celebrated architects including Eric Parry, Niall McLaughlin, Wilmotte Associates, David Chipperfield Architects, dRMM and Mossessian Architecture. Key schemes which will be discussed along the route include John McAslan + Partners upgrade of King’s Cross Station, Stanton Williams’ new home for CSM, Wilkinson Eyre’s Gasholders housing, Bell Phillips’ competition-winning Gasholder Park, the R7 office block by Duggan Morris, the Aga Khan’s new academic building by Fumihiko Maki, and Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio.
11:00am, Sunday 23 February 2020
1:30pm, Sunday 23 February 2020
We will meet at Battle Bridge Place, Kings Cross
Nick Edwards – a trained architect and Design Council CABE Built Environment Expert – is an authority on Olympic regeneration and community engagement. He has worked on and around the project since inception; co-founding local Architecture Centre Fundamental Architectural Inclusion to devise education and community engagement programmes and working in partnership with the Olympic Delivery Authority ODA, London Legacy Development Corporation LLDC, Commission of Architecture and Built Environment CABE, AECOM, the Olympic Host Boroughs and other stakeholders. Nick also delivers a wide range of bespoke architecture tours providing case study field trips across regeneration, housing, office design and general contemporary architecture in London.