Gasholders London

King's Cross, London, United Kingdom

King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership


Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Landscape Architect
Dan Pearson Studio

Interior Architecture for the Apartments
Jonathan Tuckey Design

Structural Engineers

Environmental / M&E Engineers
Hoare Lea

Peter Landers

James Newton


Lighting Design of the Year, FX Awards, 2018

Winner, Heritage Lighting, LIT Awards, 2019

Civic Trust Award 2019

Award of Excellence, IALD Awards, 2019

Award of Merit, IES Awards, 2019

Architecture + Environment

Gasholders London is a development of 145 apartments within a triplet of listed gasholder frames in King’s Cross, London.

Our scheme sensitively integrates light and darkness to support an engaging experience of buildings, celebrating the beauty of the historic frames and enhancing the modern architecture.

A primary goal for this project was to create a strong visual identity and reveal the unique industrial heritage of the Gasholders, while also considering the needs of residents. Highlighting the detail in the beautiful structures, we grazed warm light up the front face of each of the columns. An ingenious custom detail using multiple lensed LEDs restricts the light only to the architecture, avoiding spill light into windows or up into the sky. The central external space glows at the heart of the scheme, with the tableau of positively lit frames providing a perfect counterpoint to the adjacent silhouette of Gasholder Park.

Inside the atria, we used a concealed wash of light to support a comfortable experience of looking up to the sky, programmed to respond to colour and level changes in the natural light. Warm personal light at a relatable scale is provided by custom fixtures at each apartment, and by bespoke lanterns set within the atria and roof garden.

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