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23/04/2014

David Chipperfield: One Pancras Square building in London

 
The design of the office building One Pancras Square by the British office of David Chipperfield – located in London’s Camden district, between St. Pancras International and King’s Cross train stations – was defined by the exigencies of erecting something 20 meters wide, 46 meters long, and 38 meters high at most. The new volume is wrapped with 396 cast iron columns, both flush with and set apart from the facade. The result is a verticality that takes off from the double-height perimeter colonnade at ground level and rises eight levels. Recalling the area’s industrial past, the ferrous supports are decorated with a pattern of interwoven strips inspired by the German romanticist architect Gottfried Semper’s theory on the role of textile in the evolution of man-made constructions. With views of the square, the main facade opens on to balconies bordered by the concrete bases of each floor which are visible on all sides. Two central cores organize the building’s interior.
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