Kings Cross ArtHouse

dRMM were selected through competition to develop designs for this key residential building, which defines the standard for new homes as part of the 67 acres King’s Cross Central Regeneration. ‘ArtHouse’ sits between the Granary, home to the University of the Arts London, and Kings Place, home to two concert halls, galleries and a national newspaper. The building offers contemporary city living with Handyside Park, Granary Square, the Regent’s Canal and Europe’s best transport hub all on its doorstep.

The building is formed of four residential clusters, creating localized communities and the ability to maximise dual aspect apartments. Expressed as four interconnecting towers the building forms a saw-toothed profile to Handyside Park, maximizing views and visual connectivity through a composition of opposing balconies and full height glass. These towers are drawn through onto to York Way and expressed as a dynamic composition of alternating and stacked balconies. A castellated roofline is formed of towers and private roof terraces.

143 apartments are to be provided, 29 of which are affordable housing. The open market apartments are designed by interior specialists Johnson Naylor. The residential accommodation stands on a fully glazed chamfered plinth comprising commercial space and entrance lobbies, with a basement carpark.

The building’s façade comprises glazed terracotta tiles with the face of the towers finished in polished stainless steel, reflecting the contextual colours of the site. Responding to residents’ needs for shade and privacy, sliding louvred screens animate the face of the building and allow residents the ability to control their environment with shading.

Sketch © Philip Marsh
Photography © John Sturrock