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King's Cross Western Concourse

By Carolineld @carolineld
King's Cross Western Concourse
On a Monday morning, King's Cross Station is usually populated by rushing commuters. However, yesterday they were supplemented by photographers: the new departure area has just opened, and it is certainly dramatic. 
King's Cross Western Concourse
In the Observer, Rowan Moore describes the building as in the tradition of the 'big metal roof'. However, the form departs from that usually seen in railway stations: a large 'stem' or 'funnel' is the key visible support and focal point of the semicircular structure. 
King's Cross Western Concourse
 The changes are about a great deal more than looks. London Reconnections gives an excellent explanation of how passenger flow through the station is being improved (at least when the photographers have moved on!). 
Meanwhile, IanVisits reminds us of the station's past, notably its humble origins and its little-known role as a station for the dead. 
King's Cross Western Concourse

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