There used to be a lot of gasholders in the UK. A regrettable name, perhaps, they were once called gasometers, but that’s progress for you, these huge metal containers helped store gas to power urban areas. This was in the 1850s, of course, when a lot of things were needed to help keep the lights on. Now technology has rendered the proud gasholders irrelevant, and they have been constantly demolished since 1999. Some have resisted, however, including a trio at King’s Cross in London. Rather than tearing down the surviving frames, WilkinsonEyre architects transformed them into a suite of luxury apartments called, yes, Gasholders.
It was not a small company. The cast iron frames were dismantled and restored before being re-erected in a different location with the new buildings. Each tower was made to have a different height, a tribute to how the original vessels rose and fell depending on their internal pressure. Once the frames, including 123 columns, were renovated (a process that took more than two years), they were repositioned around the new residential structures.
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One of the penthouses, a $ 9.6 million duplex unit, sits atop the tallest pile. The 2,829-square-foot, three-bedroom residence was furnished by Suna Interior Design. A Paul Smith rug in the living room, called Carnival, serves as an inspiring cue with its shades of browns, oranges, and blues. That palette persists throughout the home through a color blocked Moon-B chair by Charles Kalpakian in the main hallway and a bronze chandelier by Tigermoth Lighting in the dining room. If you admire the setup enough, it’s yours, for an additional $ 311,900. But there is more to the venue than elegant staging. On a more practical level, all kitchen appliances are from Gaggenau, plus you get an additional 1009 square feet of space through the private rooftop, which offers 360-degree views of London.
Residents will also have access to all the amenities Gasholders has to offer, including the spa and fitness center, resident lounge, screening room, game room, and 24-hour concierge. An unusual perk is the courtyard, nestled between the three buildings where Victorian-era frames intertwine.
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