Welcome to our home
Our home is open to the local community, the public and to our members. It is an accessible, welcoming and exciting space with physics for everyone.
A thriving space for everyone interested in physics
Here in our building we host:
- talks, debates and performances
- physics exhibitions and experiments
- conferences, networking events and seminars
Innovative design and construction
From solar panels on the roof that generate electricity, to energy pumped from far underground for heating, physics is integral to the design and construction of the building.
Our King's Cross premises have been designed and built to have as minimal an impact as possible on the environment. Features such as a flat roof with plants growing on it also help control drainage and recycle rainwater.
Our building is a test-bed for cutting-edge technologies and a place to showcase the ways in which physics innovation can benefit society.
Discover the physics behind the IOP’s King’s Cross home in a feature from Physics Review (PDF, 1MB). (Originally published November 2019 and reproduced with kind permission of Hodder Education.)
Watch how Tom Raffield pushed the boundaries to create our sculptured reception desk.
Physics for everyone
Explore a wide range of physics through our interactive displays and take home exciting new resources to continue your journey of physics discovery.
Visit an exhibition in our gallery space, find out about some of the biggest ideas in physics and learn what we are doing all over the world through our digital experience.
Members and innovation
Our membership is at the heart of everything we do. From the start, our members have been involved in making our building as sustainable and technologically advanced as possible. Now, the building offers our members new spaces to meet and network and an expanded programme of events and activities.
Open for business
Our new home supports professional physicists to develop their careers, gain recognition for their work, and connect to networks that influence the physics landscape. Physics-based start-up businesses are able to hire space in the building.
How we got here - a brief history of our new home
We buy the freehold of a 1,494 square-metre site in the creative industries area of King’s Cross. Formerly a plumbing supply shop, the building has been empty for a while.
Plans are completed for an ambitious new home for our members. Proposals anticipate about 200,000 people will visit every year.
Planning permission is granted.
Work starts on the £13.5m project. A key challenge is the demolition of the internal structure while keeping the original brickwork façade.
The new building takes shape as walls and floors are built. The pipes for the ground source heat pumps are installed, running to a depth of 72 metres underground.
Work continues and includes the realisation of sustainable designs such as our photovoltaic solar panels. At the end of the year we move into the building.