Plans for a new 26,000m² office building at King’s Cross have been submitted by Mossessian Architecture
Known as Building S2, the ten storey block in Handyside Street north west of Stanton Williams’ Central St Martins also includes ground floor shops and restaurants and a landscaped roof terrace.
The scheme overlooking Lewis Cubitt Park will sit next to another block designed by the practice - Building S1 - which has yet to be put before Camden planners.
According to the studio, the two ‘classical contemporary’ buildings will be ’linked stylistically’ and feature textured black stone cladding. A passageway separating the blocks ’forms a dramatic sculptural void, linking [the buildings] inextricably and creating an almost tangible form between them.’
Practice founder Michel Mossessian said: ’The key is to acknowledge that there is a fine line between public, curated and private tenants’ realm, from the ground up to the rooftops of the buildings.
’This is what really makes the spaces hang together and generate a strong and engaging urban and spatial character for users.’
S2 by Mossessian Architecture on site plan of King’s Cross
Location: King’s Cross, London
Type of project Commercial: mix of B1 office and A1-3 retail
Client: King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership
Architect: Mossessian Architecture
Landscape architect: Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultant: Argent (Property Development) Services
Structural engineer: Ramboll
M&E consultant: Hilson Moran
Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor: BCAL
Lighting consultant: Speirs & Major
Main contractor: Carillion
Start on site date: Target Spring 2016
Completion date: Winter 2017
Contract duration: approximately 22-months
Gross internal floor area: Total building 26,000m² (GIA): Office - circa 17,600m² (NIA)
Form of contract and/or procurement: two-stage Design and Build