John McAslan + Partners
In 2005, architecture firm John McAslan + Partners was entrusted with the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station—the famed London train station that transports 50 million passengers annually. First opened in 1852, King’s Cross Station was a marvel. With its incredibly high ceilings, impeccable details, and sophisticated transportation system, Londoners were able to travel with efficiency and aesthetic enlightenment. Over 150 years later and King’s Cross Station is still a major destination for London’s commuters, hence the call for its redevelopment. The architects of John McAslan + Partners recognized the historical importance of the original structure and focused on the principles of reuse, restoration, and new build: ‘Train-sheds and range buildings were adapted and reused, façades were restored, and a new 7,500 square meter Western Concourse was built.’ The new concourse features 16 steel ‘tree’ columns and easy accessibility to surrounding shops, eateries, and other community necessities. By enhancing the whole structure without compromising its original essence, King’s Cross Station has once again become a marvel of its time and has opened just in time for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. With the world watching London, King’s Cross Station is a tremendous accomplishment for John McAslan + Partners. For more information, click here.