All hail the new King’s Cross – but can other developers repeat the trick? | Art and design | The Observer

Allies and Morrison were, with classicising architect Demetri Porphyrios, responsible for the masterplan of the whole development. Both they and Argent stress that the most important aspect is to get the spaces between the buildings right, more than the structures themselves. The main elements are a broad boulevard lined with the office blocks and the future Google, which leads to Granary Square, from where a straight leafy avenue is to run north through the brown housing to the furthest end of the site. Smaller streets and squares attach to this main armature.

It is a series of incidents, quite loosely linked, that tries to connect where it can with surrounding districts, using the traditional elements of European cities: streets, squares, avenues. Zaha Hadid has called the result boring. To which Professor Jeremy Till, of the University of the Arts, retorts: “These comments say much more about Zaha than they do about King’s Cross. Here the association of excitement with avant-garde form-making proves redundant.”

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