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Tunnel vision: inside Allies & Morrison's King's Cross tunnel

Allies & Morrison Architects has completed a 90m-long pedestrian tunnel featuring an LED lightwall, at King’s Cross station

Due to open later this month the ‘cut and cover’ underground passage connects John McAslan and Partners’ King’s Cross Station to the north-east corner of David Chipperfield Architects’ One Pancras Square office building.

The gently curving tunnel, which was built as part of Argent’s King’s Cross masterplan, contains an LED integrated art-wall designed by The Light Lab.

Running the length of the tunnel the lightwall contains 190 controllable vertical pixels set behind 12mm toughened glass. During its opening months the wall will display an artwork called Pipette, which has been created by The Cross Kings and Tom Sloan Design.

Graham Morrison, partner at Allies & Morrison Architects described the tunnel as ‘a new threshold for King’s Cross, [that is] welcoming, positive and happy - an invitation’.

‘It was originally planned as a tiled arched tunnel, but we were interested in creating a route with a casual natural geometry that takes its form from our People’s Palace Restuarant scheme at the Royal Festival Hall’, he said.

Allies & Morrison Architects’ Two Pancras Square office block, which is next door to the tunnel’s northern entrance and also designed for Argent, is due to complete this month.

The tunnel opens at the end of June and will be open from 7am until 8pm

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