Alastair Forbes, Liam Madden
Our densely urban scheme draws its inspiration from the strong surrounding context of King's Cross. Within this area there are numerous examples of large buildings, such as King's Cross and St Pancras stations, assembly sheds and gasometers, that are a massing of smaller structures or 'sums of parts'. Within the proposal, both sites are merged into a singular monolith that is broken down internally to present an open, penetrable structure that couples interior/exterior and public/private spaces. A series of 'blocks', containing diverse housing typologies and public uses at high level, form a hybrid landscape of courtyards and passages which link directly to the primary public space of [proposed] Cubitt Park and respond to the need for social and ecological durability. The composition seeks to mediate between the scales of 'urban' King's Cross and the individual dwelling.