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NEW DEVELOPMENTS 13


61 luxury apartments for King’s Cross


A


‘boutique’ residence comprising 61 distinctive apartments in the heart of King’s Cross has been opened by developer Argent.


Designed by architects Squire & Partners alongside interior design by Conran and Partners, the developed, named LUMA for the centrality of light to its design ethos – reportedly “responds to the building’s location between two urban green spaces.” Located between Lewis Cubitt Park to the west and the Jellicoe Gardens to the east, Squire & Partners’ designs are intended to “respect the surrounding natural context and connect with the emerging cultural and creative neighbour- hood.” In a nod to the former industrial character of King’s Cross, the form is expressed as a pair of “stepped warehouse style buildings with a layered facade.” With the facade design inspired by converging railway tracks, a secondary layer emulates dappled light created by a tree canopy, to produce what the developers described as an “organic pattern.” This is used on decorative lattice screens, bas-relief aluminium and concrete panels which “modulate light and views both in and out of the building.” Facing the park, a series of bronze coloured splayed bays with geometric balconies undulate across the facade.


Flanked by retail and restaurant units designed to spill out into landscaped walkways bordering both parks, residents


enter through a dual aspect


central reception. Featuring a


‘resident’s lounge,’ the entrance is


designed to “merge classic hotel design with the atmosphere of a welcoming members club.” High ceilings, dark-stained timber joinery, bespoke lighting and soft furnishings complement the “layered” interior architecture of Squire & Partners, with a central marble concierge desk, and light-grey terrazzo flooring with a brass inlay.


As residents move through to the apartments, the “material palette” gets lighter. Well-daylit residences include studios and one-bedroom apartments on the first three floors, with sizes increasing to provide duplex spaces as the building rises, culmi- nating in two exclusive penthouses on the 11th floor. What’s claimed as a unique design feature is the introduction of one and a half-height apartments across the middle floors, allowing for “distinctive mezzanine living areas” and dual aspect views through the length of these apartments. The internal living spaces of the three-bed Dawn and four-bed Dusk penthouses span over 2,200 square feet across three levels.


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