Day 314/365 of Steel – John McAslan

John McAslan (born 16 February 1954) is a British architect. He trained in Boston with Cambridge Seven Associates before joining Richard Rogers and Partners in 1980. He founded John McAslan + Partners in 1996.

The Roundhouse, London.
Fig 1: The Roundhouse, London.
Photo: Hufton+Crow

While much of McAslan’s work focuses on new buildings, he is also well known for his careful restoration and redevelopment of historic buildings in the UK and overseas, including iconic London landmarks such as the Roundhouse. Such work typically brings both new form and function to old structures.

King’s Cross Station (2012)

Kingss Cross Station
Fig 2: Kingss Cross Station
Photo: Dasprincecrow

The 2012 western concourse at London’s King’s Cross station combines striking design with efficient and practical central purpose, allowing large numbers of people to move freely between platforms at the busiest times of day.

The £500 million restoration plan announced by Network Rail in 2005 involved restoring and reglazing the original arched train shed roof and removing the 1972 extension at the front of the station and replacing it with an open-air plaza.

King's Cross St. Pancras aerial view
Fig 3: King’s Cross St. Pancras aerial view
Photo: Héctor Ochoa ‘Robot8A’

The architect claimed that the roof is the longest single-span station structure in Europe, comprising of 16 steel tree form columns that radiate from an expressive, tapered central funnel. The semi-circular structure has a radius of 54 m and more than 2,000 triangular roof panels, half of which are glass.

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Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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