Adamson Associates (International) Ltd. is the Executive Architect for this new office headquarters at Kings Cross, London. The building is an important component of the mixed use development in the southern part of King’s Cross Central and will complete the transformation of the Kings Cross area, creating a new business location for London.
Situated within the King’s Cross Conservation Area alongside the Grade I listed structures of King’s Cross and Saint-Pancras stations, the building takes its cue from the characters of these surrounding buildings with a design that is both simple and robust. The curtain wall system is a re-interpretation of the local load bearing masonry with its interwoven metal frames and terracotta infills. The façades are constructed from an elegant steel framework with terracotta piers that create a rich and dynamic contrast to the other glazed areas.
The building comprises 350,000 sf of office, retail and other space. Key features of the development include a full height central atrium and two landscaped roof terraces which take advantage of the stepped massing established by the masterplan. The 356,000 sf building is currently leased by Google, while plans for a new Headquarters for the internet giant are developed.
Designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the sustainability strategy was an integral part of the concept development from the inception. The building incorporates passive design features, highly efficient building services, and a low carbon energy supply.