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