King's Cross - Design Bureau

King’s Cross

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

By John Dugan

Built in the Victorian era, the original King's Cross station was a picture of no-nonsense functionality. Modernists have often praised it for its simplicity in contrast to London's more ornate Victoria railway termini. So one would hope that the restoration and extension of the railway station, begun in 2005 by John McAslan + Partners, would preserve that simplicity. After all, a railway station is about getting from one place to another. With the Olympics coming to London this year, the Western Concourse at King's Cross will be a key showpiece and highly utilized. Delivered on time and opened in March, 2012, the project features the 7,500sqm Western Concourse —Europe’s largest single span station structure, comprised of 16 steel tree form columns which radiate from a tapered central funnel—as well the restored Western Range of buildings and restored Main Train Shed.

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