Issue No.376 // 20 March 2012
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Exclusive video interview with John McAslan as King's Cross Station officially unveiled

London's King's Cross Station is a historical masterpiece that has become synonymous with British rail travel and the merits of Victorian architecture. The original building was first opened in 1852 having been constructed by the Great Northern Railway under the direction of George Turnbull and Lewis Cubitt, and named after King George IV and its location in King's Cross. Over the past one hundred and fifty years, numerous extensions and adaptations have rendered the Victorian treasure difficult to navigate and reduced its architectural appeal. In an effort to return the station to its former glory - and cater to the 47 million annual passengers that pass through - Network Rail instigated a mammoth restoration and modernisation project in the late 1990s, enlisting the help of experienced conservation specialists John McAslan + Partners to develop a complex master plan worthy of this Victorian giant. In the 1980s.......more

Montreal's new gateway to culture
Le 2-22 opens in the Quartier Des Spectacles: As the gateway to Montreal's arts and entertainment district, Le 2-22, designed by Aedificia, a team of architects, designers, engineers and communication specialists, had to make a bold statement......more

A home for an architect
Hans Van Heeswijk designs his own property: The Rieteiland House, a private home for Hans Van Heeswijk himself, was designed on a plot of land that is part of a newly established island at IJburg on the outskirts of Amsterdam in the Netherlands......more

Grande office now complete
Admin centre for La Grande Motte respects natural elements of Mediterranean location: La Grande Motte city, situated at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, benefits from a soft and moderate climate. The construction of new offices for the technical......more

A difference of opinion
A controversial new mosque approaches completion in Cologne, Germany: The Cologne Central Mosque aims to create a dialogue between the Muslims and non-Muslims inhabiting the city. It will become a space for inter-faith relations, bridging Islam and......more

A shaft of light in the darkness
TYIN tegnestue Architects completes interactive play space in Bangkok slum: Over the years, Western travellers have flooded to Thailand to sample its vibrant culture, buzzing markets and unique way of life. While holiday-makers sun themselves on white......more

Time for reflection
Modest update of Vieux Port starts onsite: Marseille's Vieux Port, one of the great Mediterranean ports, is about to be transformed. Work has started on Michel Desvigne's and Foster + Partners' competition-winning masterplan for its regeneration. The......more

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