King's Cross Central lodges plans for next office building

By Paul Norman - Monday, September 04, 2017 11:29

The King's Cross Central Partnership has unveiled plans for the next Mossessian Architecture-designed office at the site, after lodging plans for the construction of S1, a 26,172 sq m office building.

The building will sit adjacent to the completed S2 block and "completes the compositional form" of that building.

S1 is located on the corner of Handyside Street and Canal Reach. Both buildings will be clad in tuff stone, black volcanic lava stone from Armenia, a first for buildings of this scale in the UK.

“King’s Cross is one of today’s templates for urban placemaking, so our priority was to develop spaces that both convey a strong identity and continuum with the public realm” says Michel Mossessian. “The key is to acknowledge that there is a fine line between public spaces and tenants’ private realms, from the ground up to the rooftops of the buildings. This second building works to engage the space between the two, making the spaces hang together and generating a strong and engaging urban and spatial character for both the eventual tenant and the visiting public.”

The space in-between forms a acts as a passageway leading to a new public square – Keskedee Square - that will offer a variety of restaurants, retail spaces and meeting places.

S1 completes the architectural language of its sister building, "offering the same black stone as mass with natural anodized window frames sequenced in rhythmic modulation, in contrast with a variegated textured glass defining the public realm".

The building consists of eleven floors of office space – NIA from 1,124 to 2,145 m2 - with restaurants and retail units at ground level. Three levels are equipped with large terraces, and the 11th floor has a generous landscaped roof terrace accessible to all tenants.

S1 offers pre-let opportunities. S2 has been pre-let to Google Deep Mind.

pnorman@costar.co.uk

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