In London’s Kings Cross a project of historical significance is currently under construction:
King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership is undertaking the renaissance of three elegant cast iron “Gasholders”, built between 1860 and 1880 as gas storage containers, by implementing careful repurposing of the structures as residential spaces.
The gasholder “guide frames” will accommodate three areas of residential spaces at differing heights, to the designs of the well-known architects WilkinsonEyre. The intersection of the three drum shapes containing the residences creates a fourth “virtual” drum shape, which acts as an open inner courtyard.
Most of the 145 residences have private balconies or terraces with panoramic views of London, enhanced by full height triple glazing. Mechanised folding, perforated screens in shimmering, warm metals provide privacy and protection from the sun as well as helping to embody the architects’ concept of an active, living contemporary facade.
The specialist team from FRENER & REIFER was commissioned with the development, fabrication and installation of the special facades, glass constructions and automated metal concertina blinds.