Arch Daily - Published 5th January 2017 by Tigg Coll 

Chapter Living Kings Cross / Tigg + Coll Architects

TCA were appointed to reimagine 20,000 sq ft of extensive common spaces that exist within and throughout the Chapter Kings Cross site for Greystar. The project delivers a more inclusive reception space and arrivals hall, new communal study and social areas, a new gym, screening room and ancillary facilities.

The design for the refurbishment was conceived from the contextual history and local character of the area, drawing on the Industrial heritage and language of the iconic Kings Cross Station. The main arrival hall has been stripped back to reveal the original concrete and steel structure, layered with premium finishes and furniture including ceramic wall tiles, wall paneling and mosaic flooring. Bespoke joinery is central to the design of the scheme, including carriage-style booth seating and study benches, and a curved solid oak station-style bench that runs through the arrivals hall leading to the main lift core to the student rooms, which dramatically increases the sense of arrival to the property.

A key move employed by Tigg + Coll for Chapter was to move the reception desk and security barriers back into the space, creating a larger public lounge space to facilitate social interactions and meeting with students friends, family and visitors, drawing the public realm into the building.

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, though the use of steel-framed glazed partitions, with steel cross-bracing and expanded mesh panels.

Bespoke metalwork, textured glass and cantilevered feature light fittings are suspended above the gaming area, creating a dramatic platform for social gatherings and events. Residents can access the common areas across all Chapter residences.

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.

The gym was relocated from the dark depths of the tower into the mezzanine above the Study lounge, enjoying increased day lighting and views through full-height crittall-style glazing. A new steel and timber staircase with perforated mesh balustrades was designed to link the spaces, supported off a large steel truss, allowing for the stair to be extended up to the roof space during later phases of expansion.