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Dixon Jones' Kings Place opens in King's Cross

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Dixon Jones Architects today (25 September) opened Kings Place, its £100 million mixed-use arts venue and office development in London’s King’s Cross.

Located next to Argent’s King's Cross Central development, the privately funded, low-rise office block features seven floors of office space, two art galleries and two concert auditoria as well as canalside cafes and restaurants.

Speaking to the AJ, practice partner Jermey Dixon said the oak cladding in the two auditoria came from a single 500-year-old tree found in northern Bavaria, Germany.

‘It’s remarkable to think that a single tree surrounds us,’ said Dixon from inside one of the concert halls. ‘The tree’s name was Contessa, and it was harvested according to the moon.’

The project was backed by developer Millican, which said the capital earned from using the venue as a conference centre and letting the office spaces would be used to subsidise outreach programmes and Kings Place’s extensive arts and music programme.

According to Millican, the office space at Kings Place is already ‘fully let’, with most of the offices taken up by the Guardian newspaper and Network Rail.

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