Monday, 14 July 2014

1969: Alternative scheme for the Kingsgate Hotel, Kings Cross

I was quite surprised when I came across this design for the Kingsgate Hotel at Kings Cross (Now Zenith Apartments). Instead of having an antenna atop the building, what appears to be a globe tops it off like that atop the Daily Planet Building in Superman. Personally, Kings Cross might have ended up with another icon alongside the Coke sign at its podium. I'm surprised that the Daily Telegraph didn't make the effort to comment on it.

I'm not sure at this stage why they took it off, but my bet is cost cutting???

Hyatt Hotel August 26 1969 daily telegraph p14
Source: Anonymous. 1969. "Kings Cross Skyscraper". The Daily Telegraph, August 26, 14.