R7, a hybrid contemporary workplace project for Argent, in the northern quarter of the Kings Cross Masterplan by Allies and Morrison, has reached Practical Completion.
The project is a substantial addition to the cultural quarter of the site, including a range of occupiers as part of this conceptual shift from the normative delivery of office buildings. A three screen cinema for Everyman Cinema is a focal point of the entrance space. A continuous 7m high, 12m wide street driven through the centre of the plan, is set aside for curatorial art programmes.
In addition, there is a restaurant located below the suspended raking underbelly of the largest cinema screen, and two other units which feed into the same space, adding richness and vibrancy to the arrival. At roof level, overlooking the southern extent of the site, is a new observation deck complete with integrated landscaping.
The Loom has been shortlisted in both the ‘Listed Building Award (over 5 million)’ and the new ‘Offices Over 10000sqm’ categories.
After winning a RIBA Regional Award on the RIBA Awards Ceremony on the 24th May, The Loom has now been chosen by the RIBA Awards Group to win a 2017 RIBA National Award.
The reconfigured layout has a new entrance to the west on Gowers Walk, making a connection with Goodmans Fields. This connection includes the office reception and a public café, admired by the jury for providing greater public permeability. The entrance enjoys a generous opening in the existing façade and is lit by an atrium space in the centre of the building, providing space and light to the circulation on the upper floors.
The jury appreciated the clear and simple layout of the typical floors. The detailing is beautifully executed. The project delivers an attractive work space, while also celebrating the building’s history in a meaningful way.
After an extensive process of review, The Loom has been shortlisted in Conservation & Retrofit for the New London Awards.
The winning and commended schemes are to be announced at the New London Architecture (NLA) Annual Lunch at The Guildhall on Wednesday 5 July 2017.
160 projects across 15 categories have been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2017, recognising the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital.
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