Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Filling Station

On a scorcher of a London Sunday, we headed to the closing day of the Central Saint Martin's Graduate Exhibition held on the grounds of its enviable campus in Granary Square, Kings Cross. 

The university is situated along London's Regent's Canal boasting a tiered outdoor screening area which slopes down to meet the canal's banks and an 8000sqm public square to its front which is dotted with over one thousand water jets. Granary Square, designed by Townshend Landscape Architects, is a lesson in the merits of public space. On this particular day it played the part of public bath to hundreds of young city-dwelling children. 

Further along the banks of Regent's Canal, sits another clever re-imagining of a once disused space. In 2012, a derelict petrol station was treated to a complete overhaul by 

Today the kiosk of the rebranded 'Kings Cross Filling Station' is home to Shrimpy's, a Californian-meets-Mexican seafood and steak eaterie and the brainchild of Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green. Restaurant goers sit canalside in the forecourt of the station which is enclosed by 200m x 4m high wall of curvaceous fibreglass. Above the station's canopy, neon lettering reminiscent of 1950s American diners reads 'The Filling Station'. 

More from our London reunion coming very soon!


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