dRMM received the Mayor of London Housing Design Award at last night’s ceremony. King’s Cross ArtHouse was selected from 66 shortlisted projects in the ‘Completed Schemes’ category. The mixed-use scheme provides 143 apartments of which 29 are General Needs Social Rent, above a plinth of commercial spaces that activate York Way.
ArtHouse defines the eastern edge of the King’s Cross site; bounded by York Way, Handyside Gardens to the west and Regent’s Canal to the south. The building sits within the historic strip that crosses the site, occupied by the Handyside Canopy, Midlands Good Shed, The Granary Building (University of the Arts) and the Gasholders.
Our approach was to create a series of mini towers, which break the building into four smaller communities to foster a sense of neighbourliness. The mini towers and courtyards form a saw tooth arrangement along the edge of Handyside Gardens, increasing the width of the park whilst allowing more apartments to enjoy a parkside aspect. Full height glazed facades maximise views and the feeling of space and light within the apartments. Sliding screens allow residents to control the environment passively, providing privacy and animation to the façade.
dRMM would like to thank and congratulate everyone who made this award possible, in particular our client Argent LLP. Thanks also to Kier Construction, London Borough of Camden, and the consultant design team: Weedon Partnership, ARUP, Aecom, Hoare Lea, Davis Langdon and Johnson Naylor LLP.