City Crits: Somers Town led by Adam Khan
Architect Adam Khan explores the architectural history of social housing in Somers Town and presents recent projects in this forgotten quarter of central London.
London City Crits is a new series of walking tours exploring the past, present and future of the many areas undergoing massive transformation within the capital. Our latest event explores Somers Town next to Kings Cross and will be led by Adam Khan, founder of Adam Khan Architects
The tour will explore the radical transformation of the area during the early twentieth century – when linear streets of speculative slum houses were torn down to make way for a bold European-inspired model of social housing – and visit the New Horizon Youth Centre completed by the practice eight years ago.
From this unique viewpoint Khan will talk us through the architecture behind major developments by the London County Council and St Pancras House Improvement Society, evaluating where things went right and wrong, and how our approach to inner city renewal could be enhanced by such examples.
Key highlights along the route will include live regeneration projects by Adam Khan Architects, Duggan Morris Architects, DSDHA, Hayhurst and Co, and dRMM. Other landmark projects in the area include the enormous new Francis Crick Institute by HOK with PLP.
The walk will conclude at the Somers Town Coffee House next door to the New Horizon Youth centre where the group will discuss lessons learned surveying the territory.
Start: British Library forecourt
End: The Somers Town Coffee House
All routes are wheelchair accessible, but please do let us know in advance if you have any special requirements and we’ll make sure we plan accordingly.
Children are welcome to join free of charge.