Before arriving in London I had seen an article about the reopening of King’s Cross Station and had put it on my list of things to see. When a friend who was coming to visit me told me he was arriving at that exact station it was the perfect opportunity to get some good photos. With the main focal point of the building being the interior it also didn’t matter what the weather was doing, which was fortunate as it was once again quite miserable.
Inside, King’s Cross Station has to be one of the most beautiful train stations I have ever seen. The massive curving half vortex that moves from the center of the old facade of the original station up and overhead to create a beautiful new roof. The steel vortex structure is left open at the base and is then filled in with solid panels along the roof. The section covering the center of the vortex is filled with glass allowing natural light to flood in over the structure and provide natural lighting on the ground below. The remaining roof structure is then lit by indirect fluorescent tubes placed along the joint line to the second storey of the restaurants and shops opposite the original facade. This steel structure creates wonderful shadows along the roof.
The flow and movement works very well within the building with the shops and restaurants placed on two levels across from the original existing station allowing passengers to move freely to exits to the left or the right. One thing that was obvious and very strange was a lack of trash cans. With the terror threat level being high in busy public stations, trash cans were removed to avoid explosives being hidden in them. When a friend asked at the information desk where he should dispose of his coffee cup he was told to just place it on the floor and it would be removed for him. The sight of him slowly bending his knees, looking in all directions as if worried he would be caught for littering, and placing the empty cup on the floor provided quite some entertainment. And amazingly enough, in a few minutes, the cup seemed to have vanished as if into thin air. Which explains why the station looks so clean and tidy.