The New London

Kings Cross.
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I know! That was not the image you were expecting right?

Me either!

When we think of Kings Cross we think of bricks, and dark and the huddled masses.  But it is changing.

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There is so much building going on, fusing the old with the new, creating more pedestrian space, good spacious apartments and office spaces, bringing life back into the area.

I am not sure of the politics of this or whether they are also creating some low income housing (I hope so) but there is an energy in the area of growth and design and it is .. I don’t know .. what is the word.. Inviting. It has a welcoming feel. A feeling of advancement and art. And growth.

A blend of the old and the new. A fusion.

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Using the heavy brick arches of the Victorian period and melding glass and steel with the old structures enabling a completely new look and allowing history a voice without total demolishment.

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The open-ness and light is wonderful.

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One thing, that also impressed me, was the number of children walking through the newly constructed areas with their grown-ups.  And this was a cold winters evening – imagine all these open spaces with the water and parks in the summer.

In fact my old friend and I clocked up just over 22,000 footsteps strolling through London yesterday.
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I for one – love it.

This is an extra post because I leave early tomorrow morning for ‘M’.

Then I will be breaking new ground with my travelling. We can explore a new town together.

I hope you have a lovely day.

celi

 

 

25 Comments on “The New London

  1. As much as I love old architecture and historic places, cities need to be living breathing and changing – like their inhabitants. Otherwise Both end up as ruins and only in tourists guides.
    Sound like you’ll need a summer trip there to review the changes and impact on residents during a different season.

    • But remember, Celi has pointed out that she is a farmer & summer is her busy busy time. So she must be a winter traveler for now. I enjoy the glimpse of King’s Cross even in this cold gray season. Can’t wait for M as I sit in my studio & dabble paint.

  2. [J] Now on this subject, London or not, I agree with you. Amazing. But then I must declare an interest: In the last few years of my civil engineering ‘career’ I did have some design involvement in big ‘re-inventing ourselves’ projects, and King’s Cross (or more correctly the space between King’s Cross and Paddington) is my favourite. There are many around the world who think that the UK has its head stuck in the past: they want to come here and see for themselves! Most people these days want a traditional house building frontage with a gob-smacking modernisitic revelation inside, but given the chance, the majority would build new and ultra-contemporary, verging on futuristic. It all started to change in 1997, when there was an abrupt change in national politics and perspective, and we all started to believe in ourselves again, after decades in the doldrums. London 2012 expressed it beautifully. I don’t like big cities, they tend to make me clostrophobic and depressed, but if all our built environments were as stimulating as King’s Cross – Paddington, then the UK would have less troubled cities! I see you went into the British Library courtyard, too: A very welcome refuge on hot days between stressful meetings!

  3. I like the new look stations, but I’m not a fan of what they’ve done to Bagley’s Warehouse. They’ve taken St. Martins from a larger building in Holborn and squashed the students into a smaller space in the Granary Square shopping center. All the flats in the area cost an absolute fortune and many are intended for students – 1 small room at £1,200 per month! They seem to think that free wifi is a huge bonus.
    I should have told you about my Kiwi friend’s pub around the corner – it’s refreshingly old fashioned 😉

  4. Haven’t been to that area for years and years. So much change. I used to get the train to university from there and as I wasn’t happy at Uni it was always a sad place for goodbyes for me. I think I should revisit and banish those sad memories!

  5. London has a good record for imaginative conversions of its major stations. Liverpool Street is another one where they’ve made it light, airy and livable from dark Victorian roots. The old brick Gothic facades are impressive and iconic, so it’s great to see them preserved. What I like about London’s stations too, is that they offer plenty of retail outlets and places to eat, so if one is stuck there waiting and waiting for a train there’s somewhere to go.

  6. I love that the new is embracing the old and incorporating it into the design rather than just demolishing and eliminating it. Everything has to change. It’s life and I’m happy to see it’s changed mostly for the better. It always comes at a cost and it’s usually the rents go up and you must have a trust fund to live there or one heck of an income. Thank you for the tour. Loved all 22,000 steps of it. 😉

  7. Deb got just ahead of me – had a wonderful morning laugh that you even managed to get Harry Potter into your wanders !! However much I like modern architecture .[spend 4 hours a week watching ‘Grand Designs’ from UK, Oz, NZ and word-wide to begin with] and always wanted to become an architect, I do think it absolutely criminal to do away with the best bygone . . . we kind’of woke up in Sydney a few decades back and it is great to see the melding back in the Old Blighty also! You better go to Milan and not Madrid or a lot of us will feel a bit silly . . . hope the weather is kind enough for you to get to the Lakes also – always a highlight for me whenever work took me to that wonderful city . . .

  8. Wow Kings Cross has changed since my last sighting, fabulous! Now I have got around to thinking Munich maybe, but I have never been there so I am just guessing on the letter M. Looking forward to the big reveal 🙂 Laura

  9. What gorgeous photos. You are talented, you and Camera House. You know what you are doing. You have captured so much life and spirit. I wonder what pictures you will take in M?

  10. We love the modern opened-up Kings Cross! It is our local London station from the North-east of England, and we use it regularly – such a pleasure. In the 70s when I worked in London, the area was downright sleezy – one of London’s red-light districts, and you hesitated even to grab a bite to eat in one of the local cafes. I salute every bit of the transformation, and I love your pictures which capture the changed area so well.

  11. what a lovely glimpse of London- I have not been there for decades- not since 1977…..gasp. Needs to be on my list….have a lovely time in Milan!

  12. I’m taking this to my poker night this week. One of our games is called kings Cross. None of the guys cares why; they only want to win. Maybe I can the guys enough with the pictures (which are surprising and delightful for me, not having been there in 20 years)

  13. So enjoying your photos of London! I haven’t been ther in too long!!!!

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