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INTRODUCTION

DESIGNS ON KING'S CROSS

King's Cross Central will be the largest development of a single central London site for 160 years and will include at least 60 architectural commissions. In a bid to identify new talent the site's developer, Argent, teamed up with the AJ to hold a oneday design charette as part of the London Architecture Biennale. The event took place on Friday 16 June at the German Gymnasium in King's Cross. Twenty young practices were invited to produce sketch proposals for a high-density housing project which would encourage families to live in the inner city.

The practices were given the brief in the morning and asked to present their projects to fellow contestants and a visiting jury at the end of the day.

The proposals, which are shown on the following pages, can also be seen at the New London Architecture Gallery, The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1 from 4 August to 2 September.

THE JURY

Roger Madelin, Argent David Partridge, Argent Isabel Allen, AJ Paul Finch, AR Pankaj Patel, Patel Taylor Architects Hugh Pearman, the Sunday Times

THE BRIEF

The brief was based on two adjacent building plots within the masterplan developed by Allies and Morrison and Demetri Porphyrios. It called for 350 units across the two sites with 29 per cent social housing for rent and a further 15 per cent intermediate. The mix and approximate size of the units is set out below.

Social for rent Intermediate Market Studios 34% (25 m 2) 10% (37 m 2) 1 bed 21% 48m 2) 40% (42 m 2) 20% (49 m 2) 2 bed (small) 19.5% (61 m 2) 13% (51 m 2) 20% (65 m 2) 2 bed (large) 19.5% (68 m 2) 13% (61 m 2) 15% (77 m 2) 3 bed 30% (84 m 2) 20% (86 m 2) 3 bed (large) 5% (102 m 2) 4 bed 10% (93 m 2) 10% (145 m

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