A model created by the practice, in association with Porphyrios Associates, has been installed for this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Entitled ‘King’s Cross, London’, and built in our workshop, the sequence of models explains the evolution and key principles of the King’s Cross masterplan. Made of acrylic and MDF, the wall-mounted piece measures nearly 1 metre in height and 2.2 metres in length.

The sequence of models describes how the masterplan for King’s Cross was developed to ensure its sustainability as a living part of London.

The first model shows the site as we found it in 2000, and how existing, historic buildings have been retained and reused as part of the project.

The second outlines the primary urban blocks that define the long term urban structure.

The third reveals the individual buildings and spaces, and how together they create a balanced neighbourhood for living and working.

The fourth (a Nolli plan) illustrates how the ground floors of the buildings contribute to the shaping of the public realm.

And the fifth shows the continuity of movement between the new development and the existing city.


The Summer Exhibition is open to the public from 10 June to 12 August at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. For tickets and further information, click here.