Stanton Williams reveals first building in King’s Cross masterplan
Stanton Williams has revealed these never-before-seen images of its Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design building – the first scheme to go in for planning as part of Argent’s massive regeneration around King’s Cross, London.
The practice’s proposals will see the transformation of the rundown Grade II-listed granary building and attached transit sheds into a new college campus with art and dance studios, offices, theatres, exhibition spaces, bars and a roof garden.
Expected to be submitted to Camden Council’s planners in the next few days, the project should become the first major development to begin on site within the ambitious King’s Cross Central masterplan.
The architect describes the scheme as responding to the ‘raw beauty and industrial background’ of the existing buildings, featuring a ‘top-lit main street oversailed by bridges, functioning as spectacular circulation space, and a meeting and exhibition area for the students and staff.’
At the rear of the development will be a ‘dedicated performance space’, while at the front the building will open onto a new public square overlooking the Regent’s Canal, surrounded by café bars and opening up access to the shops and office housed in the arcades of the Western Transit Shed.