Put 100 Architects In A Room…
…Which is what they basically did for this – and offer them a big prize for redesigning the exterior of King’s Cross Station. The station’s decades-old but oddly makeshift green canopy housing junk food shops and junk book shop WH Smith is to be torn down and replaced with – well, here’s the winning entry from those 100 architects from all over the globe.
Yes, it’s, er, big pavement. With stripes. Oh, and four mingy little trees. The computer drawing doesn’t show that the tube entrance has to be pulled down, because it doesn’t meet quality standards, and it doesn’t show how the station will actually look, either, covered with charity muggers, people handing out the Standard and booths to make you buy top-up cards or things to stop you smoking.
Hey, British Rail, we know someone who does patios – he’d probably knock it into place for you for about two grand. Probably whack in a duck pond at the same time. It’s worth thinking about – you’ll be saving yourselves a fortune. But you’ve got to pay him notes.