Program: Mixed-use development with 220 homes
Client: King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP)
Phase: completed, 2012

Block R5 is a high density housing scheme that will form a part of the Kings Cross Central masterplan. The buildings of R5 are designed as a family to form one cohesive urban block around a central shared courtyard. The massing shares a ‘shoulder’ datum level of eight storeys above which two 16 storey towers rise.

The facades are rigorously ordered to respond to the massing and the variety of public spaces around the building. The ’outside’ facades weave a pattern of vertical brick pilasters and horizontal concrete beams above generous windows. The ground floor business units are framed by pink chamfered precast concrete frames providing the building with a visual base. Generous entrance lobbies lead to the cores.

The buildings contain a mix of tenures: general needs social rent, shared ownership, extra care housing for the elderly and private housing. A series of outdoor communal spaces, roof gardens and balconies are provided throughout the scheme.

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