john mcaslan + partners: king's cross station in london
john mcaslan + partners: king's cross station in london john mcaslan + partners: king's cross station in london
mar 16, 2012

john mcaslan + partners: king's cross station in london


completed in time for the 2012 summer olympics in london, the ‘king’s cross station’ redevelopment by london-based practice john mcaslan + partners is opening to the public. the redeveloped 150 meter long concourse of this historical train station welcomes transient visitors toward the underground ticketing and entry points as well as retail. tripling the size of the previous space, the semi-circular ceiling structure emerges from sixteen sky tree columns which branch as is rises and tapers.


soaring 20 meters above ground level, the steel diagrid spans the entire length forming the largest single-span within currently constructed station buildings in europe covering an area of 7,500 square meters. the original three storey elevation of masonry and brickwork were restored and are displayed within the spacious interior. a mezzanine with shops wraps the perimeter offering a vantage point of the focal cluster of supports. links to the train platforms, bus and taxi connections. regenerating this quarter of the city, the masterplan has influenced the direction of infrastructural changes to the underground, nearby st. pancras and surrounding urban context. it is projected that 50 million passengers will pass through the updated premises each year.

images © phil adams (also main image) all images courtesy of john mcaslan + partners



comprised of five structures, the complex’s biggest component is the western range, which provides working environments for the employees and rail companies. following a bombing in world war II, the previously destroyed northern wing has now been restored to its former glory. a main gate connection links the western concourse with the platforms. the 250 meter long train shed features a 22 meter high barrel-vaulted roof which spans 65 meters to encompass the 8 platforms. a new glass pedestrian footbridge provides access to the trains from the mezzanine. energy saving photovoltaic arrays surface the linear roof lanterns.

elevated perspective of station concourse image © hufton and crow

steel tree columns radiate upward into a single-span roof structure image © hufton and crow

diagrid structure image © hufton and crow

detail of ceiling image © hufton and crow

upward view from base of the main columns image © hufton and crow

entry point to underground platforms image © hufton and crow

descent to platforms image © hufton and crow

train platform image © hufton and crow

train platform image © hufton and crow

vaulted glass roof image © hufton and crow

image © hufton and crow

image © hufton and crow

image © hufton and crow

detail of original half-round window

image © hufton and crow

aerial view image © john sturrock

floor plan / level 0 image © john mcaslan and partners

floor plan / level 1 image © john mcaslan and partners

roof plan image © john mcaslan and partners

section image © john mcaslan and partners

section image © john mcaslan and partners

program diagram image © john mcaslan + partners


  • Amazing structure!..but looks uncohesive with the building in its back….

    LuisEfe80 says:
  • So UK ! Structural, Structural, Structural. With a hint of contemporary design, maybe ? (The somehow “organic” pattern of the roof) ?

    But the interiors of the old building are great. Really nice and transparent divisions and interventions.

    If the aim of creating such a structure is to free the ground from any column or pillar, and in doing so to stay subtle or modest, this is not a success. If the aim is to create a sculpture, it could maybe have been fancier (I do not dream of Calatrava’s works, but they are a good example).

    Stephane says:
  • gotta agree with stephane. if only they could have held it up without the giant diagrid flowervase in front of the old facade. don’t know how though..

    nicey says:
  • The positioning of the supporting columns was dictated by the underground station sitting below this site so with that in mind I see this as an elegant solution that responds to the nearby presence (now conjoined) of the curved hotel building. The beauty of London for me lies in these juxtapositions of different eras. The brick wall is only a side elevation of the original building – the front elevation of Lewis Cubitt\’s original building will be revealed after the Olympics with work by Stanton Williams.

    InEvolutionWeTrust says:

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