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John McAslan + Partners


King’s Cross Station, London / Stanislavsky Factory, Moscow / Cultural Forum, Doha / Olympic Energy Centres, London

  • 19 Dec 2019 - 15 Mar 2020

  • 10:00 - 22:00



JMP was masterplanner and lead designer for the exceptionally challenging restoration, modernisation, and extension of the Grade I listed King’s Cross Station, London. A key feature of this widely acclaimed multiphase project is the structurally dramatic wave-form roof over the new Western Concourse, part of which lies over the King’s Cross/ St Pancras Underground station. Design development required regular consultations with more than 30 stakeholders and numerous statutory bodies. The station, handling some 150,000 passengers a day, remained operational throughout the project. The historically accurate restorations and modern architectural and servicing interventions won some 35 international design awards, including the coveted Europa Nostra prize for cultural heritage, and the USA Urban Land Institute prize for excellence. The station is widely regarded, internationally, as one of the most successful large-scale historic building transformations of recent times, and is a fitting gateway to the 35 ha regeneration scheme immediately to the north.


The Stanislavsky Factory complex, with buildings from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, was the practice’s initial completed project in Moscow, and won the first RIBA Award for a scheme by a UK architect in Russia. It also set a benchmark for the adaptive re-use of historic buildings in Moscow, delivering 60,000 m² of office space, 60 luxury apartments, a boutique hotel, restaurant, and the renovated Stanislavsky Theatre, which staged the first production of Chekhov’s play, The Cherry Orchard, in 1903. The practice’s landscape design, highly praised by Moscow’s Mayor at the time, was the first in the city to turn a backland post-industrial site into a biodiverse public realm.


The architecture of the Cultural Forum in Doha combines Qatari urban and domestic precedents with Modernist design to create a welcoming and open place, functionally, creatively and urbanistically. Newly complete, and due for occupation in 2020, this dynamic arts hub brings together Qatari and international artists, performers and the public in a dramatic range of cultural spaces. The building’s interior suggests a contemporary version of a traditional Qatari majilis tower and its key feature is a processional staircase rising in an atrium capped with a vast skylight which casts geometric shadows into the heart of the building. The Cultural Forum bookends Msheireb’s showpiece Al Baraha Square, with the JMP designed Mandarin Oriental Hotel at its other end, forming a distinctive heart to this remarkable city centre regenerative project.


JMP designed these twoprominent, technically advanced,environmentally innovative Energy Centres for the 2012 London Olympic Games site which supplied electricity for all the Olympic stadia and associated facilities. They continue to supply electricity to local communities, in Olympic Legacy mode, and the structures are landmarks at the eastern and western boundaries of a huge tranche of East London that is being regenerated. The Energy Centres add to the area’s architectural character, with a deliberately tough and industrial design inspired by London’s great historic power stations. Enveloped in corten steel, the distinctive Energy Centres make a visually robust contribution to the developing townscape and urban character of the adjoining Lea Valley.