doublespace photographs Carmody & Groarke’s King’s Cross Filling Station in London
A stone’s throw from the world famous King’s Cross train station, is a lovely watering hole called the King’s Cross Filling Station (KXFS), where we met up with a bunch of wonderful architectural photographers for a casual get-together last fall. An abandoned canal-side gas station in north London, this spot was transformed by local architects Carmody and Groarke into a temporary restaurant and events space with fluted walls. The kings of temporary structures in London, C&G maintained the existing canopy of the old station to shelter the forecourt, while the small restaurant and bar are located inside the station’s old kiosk. The translucent fiberglass walls give the place a really unique look: almost metal-like sheen during the day, glowing beacon at night.
From the architects:
“This sixty-seat diner, bar and kitchen has been designed to fit within the brick-built kiosk of the disused petrol station for a two-year lifespan. The interior takes advantage of the existing building’s structure and reveals original finishes. The bespoke furniture and fittings were designed with restaurateurs Bistrotheque and artist Donald Urquhart created the site-specific murals.”