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.

8 comments on “Put 100 Architects In A Room…”

  1. Andy says:

    That’s not architecture, that’s urban clearance. Heck, if you’re going to do that then put up a load of semi-permanent market stalls and rent them out to second-hand book dealers, ethnic food stalls, t-shirt shops and bizarre bric-a-brac stuff like they do in Greenwich market. Stick a covered central sitting/eating place in the middle. Might actually be a good place to wait for a train, AND you can get money back off the rent.

  2. Mark Pack says:

    Given how great the front of King’s Cross looks, not to mention the fabulous views of the side of St Pancras, I quite like the idea of having plenty of open space which leaves those two views as clear as possible.

    That said, it’s a shame they are not being more ambitious than simply stripped paving.

  3. Steve Beat says:

    I sometimes I feel I was born in the wrong age (true I was born in Scotland in the 60s, so that makes my time somewhere in the late 1800s!) 😉

    But are we simply incapable of building like the Victorians did?

    Why this facination with mixing styles when the core of a institution like this is very distinctly Victorian?

    It simply bastardizes and spoils the original effect.

  4. Alan Morgan says:

    It’s a playground, for playtime.

  5. Joyce says:

    It’s horrible so it will get built. Who is it that designs these ugly, drab, dull things that make your heart sink? Someone with a 12 inch ruler, an HB pencil and NO imagination.

  6. Matthew says:

    What are they going to do to the inside of Kings Cross? There isn’t enough space inside at the moment and looking at that, there will be even less. You need to add hundreds of pissed off commuters having to wait outside in the rain.

  7. I.A.M. says:

    What’s the round thing just behind the Tube entrance? Ventilation hoarding?

  8. roger says:

    “Hey, British Rail…”
    The Sleeper Wakes.

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