R7 King’s Cross London Workplace Building, New British Architecture

R7 King’s Cross London Workplace

Workplace Building Development in UK design by Morris+Company Architects

26 Jul 2018

R7 King’s Cross Shortlisted for RIBA Client of the Year 2018

Architects: Morris+Company with Weedon Architects

R7 King’s Cross Shortlisted for RIBA Client of the Year 2018

Jury Report

Sitting as the colourful backdrop to the Granary Building in the King’s Cross regeneration programme is R7 – the next generation of workplace.

R7 King’s Cross London workplace building
photo © Jack Hobhouse

Its striking and somewhat eccentric presence on a quiet street is by virtue of its colour and stepped form. The form has been established by working within the prescriptive parameters of the outline approval and in doing so, the architect has successfully maximised the opportunity.

The attempt to breakdown this massing through a series of set-backs and recesses creates south-facing terraces or gardens on each level, which benefit from views across the city. This sequence and laudable provision of outdoor spaces provides a sculptural interest and character to the building, often rare in corporate office buildings.

R7 King’s Cross London workplace building
photo © Jack Hobhouse

The two distinct shades of satin pink to the metal finned facade aids to split the block into two, with one being grounded by an exposed concrete colonnade. Everything on this building feels bespoke and colour matched to the ‘pink’ facade from the suspended lights in the colonnade to the paved flags on the terraces. It is a testament to the architect’s attention to detail and drive to make this project something very special and original.

R7 King’s Cross London workplace building
photo © Jack Hobhouse

The architect has strived to challenge the norm for offices and the ground floor experience is no exception. With its range of mixed uses including a restaurant, cocktail bar and boutique cinema, it is growing into a welcoming public foyer where one wants to spend time.

The sincerity in the ‘stripped back’ internal finishes with the exposed concrete structure is a delightful contrast to the crisp exterior, also offering flexibility and minimising abortive costs for tenant fit-outs.

R7 King’s Cross London workplace building
photo © Jack Hobhouse

The architect’s awareness to prioritise spend where it matters is evident in the design quality of the public spaces and amenities – money spent wisely.

The building tackles the problem of evolving workspaces well, allowing flexible fit-outs particularly between floors with soft spots for connecting stairs and spaces.

R7 pushes may represent the next generation of workspace, and is already attracting businesses from the more established, financial districts of London.

R7 King’s Cross London workplace building
photo © John Sturrock

RIBA region: London
Architect practice: Morris+Company Architects
Additional Architect practice: Weedon Architects
Date of completion: June 2017
Client company name: Argent LLP
Project city/town: London
Contract value: £70,200,000.00
Internal area: 22,295.00 m²
Cost per m²: £3,149.00 / m²
Contractor company name: Kier Construction

Consultants: Morris+Company Architects
Structural Engineers: AKT2
Environmental / M&E Engineers: Sweco
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: Faithful + Gould
Project Management: Faithful + Gould
Acoustic Engineers: Sandy Brown
Access Consultant: All Clear Design
Landscape Architects: Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd
Lighting Design: 18 Degrees
Fire Consultant: The Fire Surgery

• RIBA Regional Award
• Regional Award Short List
• London North

R7 King’s Cross, London images / information received 260718 from Morris+Company Architects UK

Location: R7, King’s Cross, London, England, UK

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