David Chipperfield’s One Pancras Square in King’s Cross has now opened
Built on a new public square on the south side of KCCLP’s development between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, the block features 396 Yorkshire-made cast iron columns that have a surface pattern of woven strap.
On the ground floor, which accommodates two commercial units and an entrance to the Underground, the building’s perimeter is recessed to form a double height loggia defined by the freestanding iron columns.
These columns stand clear of the rainscreen on the south façade to express the building’s front and define the balconies on upper floors, whereas on the other façades the columns are engaged and form part of the envelope on the upper floors.
The practice received good new this week when its 29-storey Elizabeth House scheme in Waterloo was OK’d by the High Court after a challenge by English Heritage and Westminster council.