Plans for the refurbishment of three dismantled King's Cross gasholders have been released by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. The Siamese Triplet gasholders, named for their interconnected frames, will be repurposed to define the structure for three circular apartment buildings, containing 144 apartments, a gym, a spa, and 10,785 square feet of commercial space.
The sketches released by Wilkinson Eyre reveal elevated walkways between the buildings, recessed balconies, a central courtyard, and roof gardens that will provide tenants with views of Regent’s Canal and Central London. The plans also indicate that the buildings will have an “industrial aesthetic” and that they will be divided into wedges inspired by the face of a watch.
The gasholders were dismantled and removed from King’s Cross in 2001 to accommodate the Channel Tunnel Rail Link construction project.
The Grade II-listed structures, which are currently being restored in South Yorkshire by Shepley Engineers, were built in the 1860s, based on the designs of John Clark. In 1879, they were expanded to include the interconnected frames and telescoping lifts. They were used by the Imperial Gas, Light, and Coke Company until the late 20th Century when most of London’s heavy industry moved away from the centre of the city.
Wilkinson Eyre won the contract for the refurbishment during a 2005 design competition calling for proposals that would incorporate the tripartite frames into a residential design. The London-based firm has also been selected to refurbish another iconic industrial building in the city: The Battersea Power Station.
Via Arch Daily