The King’s Cross Corona will be a landmark greeting all who visit the new King’s Cross Development: an atmospheric place for public events and a viewing platform from which to observe London’s most exciting new urban landscape. 

Gold paint will transform the 1850s gasholder from an industrial structure into a crafted, precious beacon that can be seen from around the site. The 26m-high golden structure will envelope a new glass and timber tower surrounding a new public events space.  The tower, a circular structure made up from 91 structural glass fins braced by timber walkways, wraps around the inside of the gasholder to create a spiral that shimmers during the day and glows at night. In daylight the glass is transparent, emphasising the horizontal timber ramp and the gasholder’s steel rings.  At night the vertical glass fins are lit and carry light along the historic Doric columns, whilst the timber ramp seems to disappear.

A spiralling glass structure forms a gentle, stepped timber walkway that rises and revolves three times around the tower.  Diverse views are created as visitors make their way to the top of the spiral where a circular viewing platform cantilevers 20m above the ground. A large open-air event space measuring 30m across sits within the Corona.  To create a space that can be used all year round, a dismountable roof can be erected from ground level using the surrounding structure.  The roof canopy (a flexible tensile structure) will sit above the viewing platform and allow events to continue during adverse weather conditions.


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