Does London really need a new shopping district? Yes, Argent, the developer of the major new Kings Cross retail development, Coal Drops Yard, believes it does. Take one look at the glossy pictures of the space, in which Heatherwick Studio has fused contemporary design elements with vestiges of the past, and you’ll be inclined to agree. First things first: why Kings Cross? Argent had no desire to piggyback on the success of Granary Square after Central Saint Martins set up camp there in 2011. Rather, its plans were laid out back in 2000. “We have always envisaged Kings Cross as a microcosm of the city,” Anna Strongman, partner at Argent, tells Vogue exclusively of the project. “The Victorian buildings of the coal drops seemed the perfect place to create something special.” Read more at Vogue.