Heatherwick Studio's 'Coal Drops Yard' opens in London
The construction begun in early 2016, giving new life into a pair of elongated victorian coal drops which, over the years, had become partly derelict. Now, the heritage rail buildings at the heart of Kings Cross have been reinvented as a shopping district with close to 60 units, alongside new restaurants, bars, and cafés.
'It has been a huge privilege working on Coal Drops Yard, not only because it’s the studio’s first major building completed in London, but also because it is in King’s Cross, where my studio and I have been based for the last 17 years,’ notes Thomas Heatherwick. ‘These amazing victorian structures were never originally built to be inhabited by hundreds of people, but instead formed part of the sealed-off infrastructure of London. After serving so many varied uses throughout the years, we’ve been excited by the opportunity to use our design thinking to finally open up the site, create new spaces and allow everyone to experience these rich and characterful buildings.’