Inspired by materials that reference the industrial architecture of the original gasholder frames, Jonathan Tuckey design has created refined, contemporary apartments within this landmark building.
Each apartment presents a very different set of circumstances, but all share a language and attention to detail. I distinctly see our work as mediating between what the existing building wants and what the person who lives in it needs.
King's Cross is inextricably linked to London's industrial past. The telescopic gasholder was invented in 1824 and provided the storage needed to meet the demand of an ever-expanding city.
The interlocking gasholder triplets were built and revised between 1860 and 1880 and now, some 150 years later, they are once again responding innovatively to The Capital's ever increasing population.
The world may have transformed around them, but the body and scale of the gasholder guide frames has not changed. The hard work and vision of engineers and craftsmen past and present will be rewarded as the gasholder guide frames rise in their new location beside the Regent’s Canal.
Giving a new life to these remarkable, Grade II listed structures demanded the expertise and passion of a highly skilled team at Shepley Engineers, a firm that had also worked on the refurbishment of the roof of St Pancras station. But first, specialist contractors had to carefully dismantle the structures with 20-ton cranes and transport each section to the Shepley workshop in Yorkshire, where they would slowly be brought back to life.
The Gasholders’ architecture is anything but ordinary; it piques the curiosity of all who see it. Part of the architects’ vision is that the building’s façade should appear alive and responsive to passers-by; it will shift and change constantly as the people who live within it adjust their view.
Most of its 145 residences have generous private balconies or terraces with views across the capital. Full height triple-glazing emphasises this panoramic living alongside folding, perforated screens peppered across the façade for privacy and protection from the sun.
The Gasholders lobby displays extraordinary attention to detail in its integration of the building’s industrial heritage with contemporary design and style. A 24-hour concierge team operates from a bespoke desk made in natural stone, while polished concrete floors with brass inlay, a sweeping spiral staircase and feature light sculpture introduce guests to the drama of the interior.
Apartments benefit from a stunning canalside location, breathtaking communal roof gardens, and an array of amenities elegantly furnished and dressed by London interior designers No12 Studio. Amenities include spa and gym, residents' lounge and a sophisticated entertainment suite including private dining room and catering kitchen, a 14-person screening room, with an adjacent elegant games room, for use before or after the show.
It is an amazing world. A place brimming with international flavours; of shops and bustling squares; of concerts and community; a place to potter, a place to enjoy. A place connected by canal, of galleries and gardens, of homes and families — a place to live, a place to love.
With its canalside location, the Gasholders feels like a sanctuary of calm in the urban environment, yet it’s also the best-connected development in London.
Its central position offers residents quick access to international, national and local transport links. Travelling within the city, the UK, Europe or further afield is as simple as walking out of your front door. Eurostar connections place mainland Europe just under two hours from St Pancras International. The newly restored, Grade I listed King’s Cross station is pivotal for train travel throughout the UK, with other key transport hubs — Euston, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo — only 15 minutes away or less. The Gasholders is perfectly positioned for London’s important cultural, business and shopping destinations including Bloomsbury, the City, Bond Street and Canary Wharf.
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