A refined, engaging design
Bell Phillips Architects for King's Cross Central Limited Partnership
Contract value: Confidential
The Gasholder Park is a delightful public space created within the constraints of the grade II listed gasholder in the new King’s Cross quarter overlooking the Regent’s Canal. It is simplicity at its best, drawing people to the area and offering a relaxing, tranquil setting in a high-density urban environment.
In a decision to be applauded, the project does not compete with the dominance of the gasholder but instead proposes a refined, engaging design that reflects light and views of its surroundings. Restoration of the heavy cast-iron structure coupled with the new delicately polished sculptural fins and roof give a captivating experience in a cloister-like walkway. The colonnade provides enclosure and openness with a variety of experiences and spaces to enjoy. Inside the continuous colonnade, the grass area is raised like a ‘hugging sofa’ facing towards the south with views over the canal, creating an appealing bank to sit or run about on.