office and conference centre in King's Cross funded by the Government's
Single Regeneration Budget. The 950m² scheme provides 31
serviced office units, an independent sub-lettable office and
a conference facility.
The structure of both the refurbished building and the new extension
consists of a light gauge steel floor supported on primary steel
frames. This kept the number of structural steel sub-contractors
to a minimum and provided a safe working platform as the frames
were erected. A similar approach was taken for the wall panels.
The building is clad in stainless steel that forms a continuous
envelope folding up the facade and continuing to form the new
roofscape. The metal surface is interrupted by slot windows which
wrap round the new extension to allow natural light into the
offices. The unusual shape of the building was informed by the
'right to light' of the adjacent Welsh chapel.
The site is irregular with two different levels allowing the
architect to create an unusual circulation route around the building.
Other features include a courtyard entrance designed to avoid
the traditional lobby found in most modern office buildings.