Interview: Thomas Heatherwick discusses Coal Drops Yard | Architecture | Dezeen

Thomas Heatherwick explains his desire to create a new public space for London in this exclusive video interview Dezeen filmed at the recently opened Coal Drops Yard shopping centre in King’s Cross.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, the Coal Drops Yard contains shops arranged in two converted 19th-century coal warehouses, connected by roofs that curve out to touch each other. Between the two linear buildings is a publicly accessible space.

“Coal Drops Yard is a new major public space for London, which is framed by retail, so it’s like a new shopping street,” Heatherwick says in the video.

Coal Drops Yard is the latest building completed within the King’s Cross development. It stands alongside Granary Square between Central St Martins and Wilkinson Eyre’s Gasholders apartments.

Heatherwick wants the development to be a space the public can visit and enjoy within the development.

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