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ALISON BROOKS ARCHITECTS

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DESIGNS ON KING'S CROSS

Alison Brooks, Dominic McKenzie

The site reminded us of Central Park in New York, scaled down for the UK - high-density residential buildings lining an elongated green space. Our proposal is intended to intensify this quality, to create a 'mini-Manhattan' and at the same time make the site more permeable, more sunlit, and more social. The scheme is a perimeter block 'split' into towers overlooking the park, and a long 'bar' building on the west side, split in two. Each tower can be defined by the use at its base - the Crèche Tower, the Sushi Tower, the Fitness Tower, the Supermarket Tower etc. This collection of towers shelters a central south-facing courtyard, like the courtyards of Paris' 'grandes maisons'. The courtyard can be the hub of the new residential community, a private outdoor space to supplement the public park.

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