Situated in the cultural heart of Kings Cross, this new student accommodation provides a unique living experience for students in London, providing unrivalled amenities and customer service.
Tigg + Coll Architects were appointed to reimagine 20,000 sq ft of extensive common spaces that exist within and throughout the Chapter Kings Cross site for Greystar, a leading US real estate company.
The project delivers a more inclusive reception space and arrival hall, new communal study and social areas, a gym, a modern screening room and ancillary facilities.
The design of the refurbishment echoes the local character of the area, drawing inspiration from the industrial heritage of the iconic Kings Cross Station. The main arrival hall has been stripped back to reveal the original concrete and steel structure and then layered with premium finishes and furniture including ceramic wall tiles, wall panelling and mosaic flooring.
Solus Ceramics were delighted to work with the architects to supply the mosaic tiles that were used throughout the public spaces. The central part of the bespoke pattern was made up of white, black and red hexagon porcelain pieces and finished with a square serpentine border.
Created specially for this project with patterns and pieces from the Capital range, the mosaic evokes a wonderfully nostalgic yet contemporary ambience.
Finishing the arrival hall scheme, bespoke booth seating, study benches, and a curved, solid oak station-style bench dramatically increases the sense of arrival to the property.
Existing mezzanines that were previously hidden from view were opened up and exposed to the main reception, creating new visual connections, increased daylight and sense of space through the use of steel-framed glazed partitions, with steel cross-bracing and expanded mesh panels.
The upper floor café was reconfigured into a communal study area with an open kitchen for students to prepare refreshments. A range of spaces were provided for group and solo study, with a quiet study room designed for more focused working.
Finished with floor tiles from the terracotta influenced Illustrate range, the café utilised both a patterned and plain floor tile to create a defined space for communal interaction. An interesting range, Illustrate features a wide variety of traditional and contemporary patterns that are printed with intentional imperfections and aspects of wear and tear.