18 Sep / 11:00 - 12:00
This was an LDF21 event.
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This in person event features WilkinsonEyre’s founding director Chris Wilkinson introducing the Gasholders project in the heart of King's Cross. He will explain some of project's history and answer your questions. Please note the tour/talk is exterior only. Event is free, advanced booking essential via Eventbrite.
Tickets will be made available at noon on September 13th. We are keeping the group size small and capping the event at 25 to allow for an intimate experience. If you are no longer able to use your ticket we would appreciate you releasing it for someone else to enjoy. King’s Cross is the largest urban development scheme in Europe. Its rich industrial heritage is integral to its renaissance. Among the most distinctive and beautiful features to be retained is the triplet of Grade II-Listed, cast iron gasholder guide frames which were originally constructed in 1867. WilkinsonEyre won a design competition in 2002 with a concept for three residential buildings to be housed within the frames. The design proposed three drums of accommodation at differing heights to suggest the movement of the original gasholders, which would have risen up or down depending on the pressure of the gas within. The design was developed to create a dynamic counterpoint between old and new. The heavy industrial aesthetic and raw physical materiality of the guide frames contrasts with the lightness and intricacy of the interior spaces.