Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yards shopping district in London
Photos: Hufton + Crow
The London-based studio of Thomas Heatherwick has refurbished two heritage rail buildings from the 1850s to create a new shopping district in King’s Cross. The old cast-iron and brick buildings served different uses over the years, but became partially abandoned in the 1990s. With over 9,000 square meters of shops and restaurants, the flowing roofs of the two linear buildings rise up until they meet, creating a large covered outdoor space below. The sinuous extensions form a 35-meter-wide steel structure held by 52 columns.
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