A pop-up King’s Cross

The story of London’s King’s Cross station is told in a charming new illustrated book from Cicada, which boasts a pop-up of the recently regenerated structure at its centre

The story of London’s King’s Cross station is told in a charming new illustrated book from Cicada, which boasts a pop-up of the recently regenerated structure at its centre…

Discovering King’s Cross: A Pop-Up Book charts the station’s 160-year history, culminating in the regeneration work completed by architects John McAslan + Partners, who installed the new concourse and domed roof, and restored some of the structure’s original features.

Built in 1852, the station’s bold simplicity was in sharp contrast to the neo-gothic style of neighbouring St Pancras station. By the late 1930s, King’s Cross was home to some of the most powerful steam engines ever built, such as the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard.

The book also describes the turbulent 1960s, where classicism was replaced by brutalism, and reveals how plans conceived in a mid-1990s to build the new Eurostar terminal at King’s Cross helped to initiate the regeneration of the area.

All of this is illustrated by Lucy Dalzell, with the pop-up section designed by paper engineering specialist, Corina Fletcher. Texts are by Michael Palin, Jay Merrick and Dan Cruickshank.

Discovering King’s Cross: A Pop-Up Book is published next month by Cicada; £17.95.

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