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Morris+Company

Morris+Company

London, United Kingdom

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Morris+Company - R7, Kings Cross

Morris+Company

R7 is a highly flexible mixed use inner city office building, located at the heart of Argent's King's Cross development.

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R7 is a highly flexible mixed use inner city office building, located at the heart of Argent's King's Cross development. It aims to combine both a friendly and welcoming environment with a variety of supporting spaces such as a restaurant, cinema, terraces and balconies.

The design represents a high quality, mixed use development that makes a significant and positive contribution to the public realm, in character, hierarchy and scale, whilst also creating a harmonious whole between the new and the old. An understanding of the urban context and design framework strongly guided our thinking in developing the design. The location of Building R7 gave it the potential to be the centrepiece of a properly functioning mixed-use cultural quarter within the northern part of KXC. The ground floor spaces have been designed specifically to engage and connect seamlessly with the surrounding buildings and public realm, rather than only serve a large corporate office space.

Word from the architect

"R7 is a highly flexible mixed use office building, located in the heart of Argent's King's Cross development. The design is an attempt to create a building of character and originality, achieved through the use of colour and form, generated as a result of working within the constraints of daylight. It aims to provide both a friendly and welcoming environment with a variety of supporting spaces such as a restaurant, cinema, terraces and balconies.

The design represents a high quality, mixed use development that makes a significant and positive contribution to the public realm, in character, hierarchy and scale, whilst also creating a harmonious whole between the new and the old. An understanding of the urban context and design framework strongly guided our thinking in developing the design. The ground floor spaces have been designed specifically to engage and connect seamlessly with the surrounding buildings and public realm, rather than only serve a large corporate office space.

We overcame various design challenges to meet the client's brief. Working with the site restraints within the masterplan and offering maximum flexibility with multiple-tenanted office layout presented a challenging brief for us. We overcome these challenges with continuous and open communication with the client, as well as a series of workshops with the design team.

The final design has created a building of character and originality, with a sculptural form; a stepped massing form with set-backs, which take advantage of the expansive views across London to the south and east, whilst creating valuable external amenity space. The project also accommodates a number of occupiers, all of which have been involved in communication with the design team. We allowed good time to incorporate their specific requirements, which satisfied their brief and crucially, retained the architectural integrity of the building.

All components and features are designed to complement and work together. An optimal proportion of glazing and solid panels within the façade minimise heat gains, with high levels of control over solar gain through projecting fins on the facades. We are on track to achieve an 'Outstanding' target by BREEAM."

Joe Morris, Founding Director, Duggan Morris Architects

Word from the client

"King's Cross has established itself as one of London's most vibrant business districts, which provides businesses with an exceptional environment for employees. As the estate's newest addition, R7 was an opportunity to create a building that would house the next generation of commercial space at King's Cross so we started by listening to what occupiers want from their workplace.

The building sits in the emerging mixed-use area of the estate alongside Central St Martins and close to Lewis Cubitt Square and Park, so it was also important that the design contributed to the vibrant cultural mix. Duggan Morris Architects' response to our brief was an architecturally elegant building that provided a focal point for the area with its characterful two-toned pink façade. Inside the building, the office space is highly flexible and can be sub-divided into a variety of smaller or larger areas with the ability to link floors vertically via a large internal atrium. Each floor has at least one outdoor terrace and shared space has been included throughout the building to encourage collaboration and community, including a large communal roof terrace on the ninth floor.

It has proved popular with occupiers and R7 is already fully let to British global fashion retailer New Look and electronic market maker XTX Markets, which is a testament to the high quality design. However, it is R7's permeability and its variety of supporting uses that will have the biggest impact on the King's Cross estate. The building's large, seven metre high entrance lobby makes an important contribution to the public realm from which visitors can access a three-screen Everyman cinema, restaurants, retailers and art space at ground and mezzanine levels."

Sam Williams, Project Manager, Argent