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Niall McLaughlin scoops King’s Cross gold

Niall McLaughlin has beaten an all-star shortlist including Amanda Levete, Carmody Groarke and Duggan Morris to win a contest for a new canopy in King’s Cross

The practice was chosen from a seven-strong shortlist to design the latest addition to Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration scheme.

Featuring stainless steel rods supporting a glass roof, the winning canopy structure design is planned as an events space and centerpiece of a new public square.

The pavilion – which referenced ‘the rich history of the place’ according to the architect – will frame the main public approach to the 47,000m² Aga Khan complex which is being designed by Fumihiko Maki and Stanton Williams.

Niall McLaughlin said: ‘We are delighted to have won this competition in what will become a very significant site in the city. We were competing against an exceptionally talented shortlist of architects. We look forward to working with all involved to make a success of the canopy.

He added: ‘Our intention is to create an object that reads beautifully against the dark brick of the train sheds whilst echoing their inner structure. It is made from very slender rods of stainless steel creating a fragile framework.

‘The refined detail and ephemeral character will be sympathetic with the contemporary quality envisaged for the new buildings. The transparency of the structure allows views between listed buildings and towards significant structures such as the Triplet Gas Holders.’

Other practices studios competing for the high-profile job included Asif Khan, Duggan Morris, Jamie Fobert and Ian Ritchie.

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