A visitor’s centre for a central London nature reserve sits between a post-industrial past and its present day guise as an urban arcadia. The centre’s north elevation forms an inhabited masonry wall, created from reclaimed bricks from the Kings Cross redevelopment area, and is set against a lightweight, plant covered, exposed timber structure that forms its south elevation.
The form of the centre embraces the park as the landscape rises to meet with the building. The plan inflects to create a sheltered external space that acts as a transitional zone between the centre and the park. The building’s circulation is compressed into a tight vertical slot at the centre of the plan, linking its two diametric façades, various levels, activities and functions.