22 Handyside, Kings Cross

22 Handyside is a low-rise office building on the Kings Cross estate, designed by Coffey Architects for Argent.
FMDC were engaged in late 2016, at the start of stage 3 to help develop the facade design, and were later retained by BAM to provide technical support in delivery.

The building is 3 stories and constructed from lightweight materials, to reflect site location above grade 2 listed tunnels.  Completed in 2020, 22 Handyside achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, and was shortlisted for the AJ Workplace award 2021 (buildings up to 10,000m2).

The facade is simple stick system curtain walling construction, comprising vision and insulated vertical spandrel panels, with anodised perforated aluminium external screens, which provide dappled natural light to the floor plates.

The pitched zig-zag roof is another key visual element of the composition, with the coping panels particularly challenging to fabricate and install.  The building is deceptively simple, but plays with light beautifully at dawn and dusk externally, and throughout the day from the floor plates.