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King’s Cross Station: a Soaring Concourse Revitalizes a Classic London Station

John McAslan + Partners

Europa | Londra

Britain led the world in the development of railways and, though it has fallen far behind other west European countries over the past 40 years, its vast network of lines is still intensively used. The huge volume of travelers has strained the capacity of London’s 13 major stations, most of which were built a century or more ago. As recently as the 1960s, King’s Cross and neighboring St Pancras were threatened with destruction; now they are cherished as historic landmarks, and this has compounded the problem of upgrading their facilities. For a long time, expediency ruled, with mediocre additions clinging to the old buildings like barnacles on a ship’s hull. Ambitious plans were made and shelved, investment lagged, but the coming of the Olympics brought a new sense of urgency. The soaring red-brick hotel that fronts St Pancras has been impeccably restored, and a new glass canopy for the...

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