Coal Drops yard is a new retail development that is a perfect harmony of past and present (1) . It is a hub where “art, commerce and culture come together” (2). Build on a site that is in constant flux, CDY has a unique history that ranges from coal store to night club to commerce space. The past is therefore ingrained in the victorian industrial architecture that has survived the test of time. In the 1850s the drops at King Cross were constructed to supply power to the city of London. In later years, it turned into the home of rave culture. Attracting 2500 clubbers to the old warehouses on a weekly basis (2). Today Heatherwick studio’s have re-imagened Coal Drops yard in a way that is reminiscent of its cultural heritage, whilst still innovating a new architectural language that is impactful.
I was super excited to visit CDY today, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. it is clear the degree to which the various designers ,as well as ,architects have collaborated to together to create a piece of architecture that is so responsive to its surrounding contextual history. The merging of the old and new is visible from a Macro to Micro scale. A particular must see is the three store COS store, which goes far more then just an ordinary store but fuses lifestyle, art and design together into a unique experience. I would also making recommending making your way to Redemption Roasters for an amazing black filter to get your caffeine fix for the rest of your shopping journey.
What makes CDY a unique commerce centre is its ability to scrap the rules of typical retail, with its anti- consumerism approach. It seeks to “ challenge the trend of faceless, endless, mass supply and demand by redefining that ‘consumption means” (2). They want people to rethink what consumption really means to have a truly engaging retail experience.
(1)- COS (2018), Cos Buildings: Coal Drops Yard [Online]. Avaliable from: https://www.cosstores.com/en_gbp/explore/cos-buildings/coal-drops-yard.html
(2)- About (2018), Coal Drops Yard [Online]. Avaliable from : https://www.coaldropsyard.com/about
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