King’s Cross Light Tunnel

 

This is an interesting addition to the transport network and navigation at King’s Cross Station. Instead of just having a subway to add another entrance for One Pancras Square there is a 90 metre light-wall tunnel leading into the Underground station.

King's Cross Light Tunnel

It is one of Europe’s longest light-walls and was created by The Light Lab and Spiers+Major. The tunnel has a gentle curve and the walls are lined with repeating panels, backlit with LEDs, along the full length so there are no shadows.

King's Cross Light Tunnel

The light-wall contains 190 controllable vertical pixels set behind 12mm toughened glass and the idea is for the lights to create a soothing, relaxing journey.

King's Cross Light Tunnel

The flooring has long triangles in ceramic tiles to echo the ‘fin’ sections above.

The tunnel itself has been designed by architects Allies & Morrison and links St Pancras International and King’s Cross St Pancras Underground stations to the new public spaces, restaurants, offices and homes at King’s Cross.

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The tunnel’s entrance is in the north-east corner of the One Pancras Square building, accessed via an escalator hall.

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The lighting effect is in constant flux but it is quite soothing to watch. See a video here.

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The tunnel is open to pedestrians Monday to Sunday from 7am until 8pm.

 

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