Exciting world first.
An icon revitalised.
Gas storage is certainly not synonymous with luxury city residences. But the new Gasholders London might just change that. The iconic circular guide frames that surrounded the gas-holding drums have decorated the landscape at King’s Cross for more than 150 years. Transforming the space into unique apartments injected new life into these historic structures.
At the start of our journey, we knew the architecture was anything but ordinary... but who wants ordinary? Reusing these iconic circular frames for such a completely different purpose was a challenge not to be underestimated... and it was one we embraced with all the enthusiasm and energy it deserved.
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We wanted every aspect to be unexpected, so even if you’re in the roof garden, looking down inside, you’ll see something interesting.
The entire project team was working with the unknown. We were tasked with ensuring that the engineering solutions complemented and showcased this unique design, as well as enabling each space to function in the best possible way.
Our client Argent placed a key emphasis on coordination between the disciplines and knew we were best placed to offer a self-managed joined-up approach. Our Acoustics, Daylighting, Fire Engineering, MEP, Sustainability and Vertical Transportation teams all worked in tandem to realise the vision for these unique apartments, adopting an iterative design process, and providing one consistent voice for the architect and Argent.
In fact, since residents have moved in, the Gasholders have been held up by the BBC as a great example of external shading design that solves the overheating most buildings suffer from during sunny hot spells.
In a time of increasing urbanisation, projects like Gasholders are vital to land conservation and the regeneration of structures that might otherwise fall into disrepair. When we set out on our journey, we knew the final result would be a truly unique set of buildings that would take unused structures and breathe in new life to their historic frames. What we could only of hoped for, however, was how these finished buildings inspire and excite in equal measure... and proudly sit as a vibrant new landmark on the London landscape.
The Gasholders is a stunning example of the joys of luxurious living... inside truly unique structures.
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The transformation of this no-go north London area into a go-to address has set a benchmark.