Architecture studio Carmody Groarke has transformed a disused gas station on a North London canal into a glowing temporary restaurant space. Dubbed the King's Cross Filling Station, the space will house not only the restaurant, but also a new cultural arts space set to open this month! Its curved walls sweep down to meet the beautiful Regent's Canal, and the facade of translucent fiberglass looks stunning set against the water's edge.
The studio renovated what remained of the existing structures, turning the canopy of the former station into a shelter for the forecourt, while the abandoned kiosk became a newly redesigned restaurant and bar. They adapted the space to give it a contemporary flair; at night the walls are illuminated from behind—during day sunlight shines through the restaurant’s screens to create partial shadows of the guests behind.
The site is just a temporary fixture in London’s bustling district with plans afoot to develop housing at the location in the near future. Carmody Groarke designed the area with this in mind, taking care to build structures which can be reused and recycled in a different form.
Images courtesy of Luke Hayes/Carmody Groarke