Gasholders London: Living in a Gas Container
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Gasholders London: Living in a Gas Container

Posted on May 5, 2018 by editorship

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King’s Cross is the largest urban redevelopment scheme in Europe, and the rich industrial heritage of the area is integral to its renaissance. Among the most distinctive and beautiful features to be retained is the triplet of Grade II-listed, cast iron gasholder guide frames which were originally constructed in 1867. The triplet was abandoned as heavy industry moved to the outskirts of the city and was dismantled in 2001 to allow for the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

WilkinsonEyre won a design competition in 2002 with the concept for three residential buildings to be housed within the elegant frames. The concept proposed three drums of accommodation at differing heights to suggest the movement of the original gasholders, which would have risen up or down depending on the pressure of the gas within. A fourth, virtual drum shape located at the centre forms an open courtyard, celebrating the conglomeration of the cast iron structures at their point of intersection.The scheme provides 145 apartments, a private gym and spa, a business lounge and an entertainment suite with screening room, bar, reception area and private dining room. Apartments are accessed through a central courtyard, each drum volume with its own atrium and core. These are linked by a series of circular walkways which surround the courtyard, where light is reflected in a central water feature. In another pl