Urbanest King’s Cross

King’s Cross, London N1C

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Recent student housing has a poor reputation for design quality so the key driver for Urbanest was to raise the bar with a 27-storey slender tower that has now become a landmark on the eastern edge of the King’s Cross regeneration area.

View from York Way and Canal Street junction
Studio flat

669 student bedrooms have storage maximised using boat building techniques and are located in clusters and self-contained studios across nearly 20,000 sq m. The scale is successfully broken down using a sculpted façade on the main tower and a 14-storey shoulder block that will eventually connect to a terrace of buildings.

Facade detail

The residences are approached via a south-facing courtyard and a double-height reception area animated by a café that also creates an active frontage to York Way. Further communal areas and terraces top the shoulder block and roof of the main tower with unparalleled views across the capital.

Skyline at north east edge of King's Cross Central

"The architects approach to the massing, orientation, spatial requirements and construction methodology added real value."

AJ100 Awards 2014 – Value Excellence Award Judges
Cityscape views from the 26th floor terrace


AJ100 Awards 2014
Value Excellence Award – Winner
Section AA
Typical floor