King's Cross

This office building is located in the centre of London, near Saint-Pancras International station. It has a surface of more than 15,000 m2, consisting of structural silicone unitised system, double skin façade, internal atrium space, huge atrium glazed roof and terraces’ balustrades. The façade modules are 2 m -1 m. The cladding has been designed as an interweaving of glass and bespoke yellow terracotta tiles, which create a dynamic contrast. Glass and terracotta units have been prefabricated in Italy and then assembled in UK.

The black anodized finish of the external ornamentation highlights the complex architecture of the building and allows it to blend with surroundings. The ground floor and the first floor of West elevation (Saint Pancras Station side) consist of a compact double-skin façade, which has been customized according to the strict thermal and acoustic requirements. The internal atrium is made up of full-height laminated glazing (2 m high), surrounded by black anodized aluminum profiles of remarkable dimensions. Sound absorbing micro-perforated metal sheets have been used for spandrels and columns so as to increase the acoustic comfort.

The internal atrium glazed roof consists of a stick curtain walling system. The glazed units (2 m x 4 m) are fixed with an external toggle fixing and sealed with black silicone on site, during the installation phase. Other key elements of this project are the impressing balustrades of the panoramic terraces, presenting the same unitised system.

Main systems:

• SSG unitised façades
• Terracotta unitised façades with bead retention profiles
• Bead retention unitised façades with aluminium vertical fins

Location: London, England
Year: 2015
Finish: 7021 matt Class 1 - 7021 matt Class 2

Design architect: Wilmotte & Associés SA
Executive architect: Adamson Associates
Façade constructor: Focchi spa

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