Brick façade in King's Cross with a nod to railway stations

Clay Technology magazine
15 May 2020

New residential homes with a red brick façade and rounded arches are a nod to their surroundings in London’s King’s Cross, UK.

Near Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross in London, a new residential development is taking form. Cadence features 103 flats in various sizes with the first residents moving in from Autumn 2022. 

The structure is made up of two buildings with the brick façade and high arches at the base. According to Alison Brooks Architects, the ‘memorable arches of King’s Cross and St. Pancras International [railway] stations have been reimagined in a contemporary “Bézier” curve form’. The bricks used are Linden blend stock from Yorkshire Handmade. Additional materials include polished concrete, aged brass and dark oak. The architects’ sustainability report outlines how durable materials have been sourced locally, wherever possible. Aggregates for the precast panels, for example, have been sourced ‘30km away from prefab facilities near Sheffield’, the report states. 

Alison Brooks, Founder of the firm, says, ‘Cadence will be an urban sentinel and a neighbourhood landmark. It’s about architecture with character. We’ve created a new language of brick arches and vaulted spaces that echo the exuberant architecture of King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations. It will reveal itself slowly as you move around and through it – in detail it will be experienced as a beautiful journey home. All of these elements work together to create a picturesque sequence to celebrate living in King’s Cross.’