Batter Sea Power Station by Foster + Partners and Gehry & Partners


Location: LONDON

In London, the iconic Battersea Power Station, which was immortalized by Pink Floyd and a symbol of post-war industrial revival is ready to become an international epicentre and star of a new cutting edge residential area with designs by masters of the calibre of Frank Gehry and Norman Foster.
The Battersea Power Station redevelopment project is one of the most significant in Europe and covers an area of 17 hectares that will house 4,000 apartments, over 250 retail spaces and well over 7 hectares of park. The new district will be home to 25,000 residents and over 40 million visitors a year, thus becoming a new focal centre both for tourists and Londoners themselves.
WORK IN PROGRESS – The first phase of the Battersea Power Station will open in 2016, and the entire project will be completed in 2025. In the meantime, the shareholders in the Battersea Power Station and Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”) have crossed the Channel to export this new district to the new international capitals of culture, such as Milan, Paris and New York but also Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and many others.
THE POWER STATION – Created by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, responsible for the House of Commons at Westminster, the original building now housing the Tate Modern and the iconic red London telephone boxes, the Power Station now sits abandoned on the South bank of the Thames. The redevelopment project includes 250 residential units, 4 penthouses, an auditorium, a cinema and even a boutique hotel as well as six floors of offices for 5,000 people. At the heart of the building three floors of shops alternate between luxury brands, restaurants and independent designers.
MASTERPLAN – Raphael Viñoli’s masterplan develops around the Battersea Power Station and includes three pedestrian walkways that lead to the entrance of this iconic art deco building. The spectacular Prospect boulevard will house restaurants and shops on one floor but also an installation and a playground by Gehry & Partners while the Electric boulevard is on two levels and will connect a new station on the Underground’s Northern line to the Power Station entrance. A third boulevard with luxury hotels and offices will take cars to the monument.
THE DESIGNS – Gehry & Partners designed five buildings intended for the East side of Electric Boulevard. With its dynamic volumes seeming almost about to blossom, the Flower building will house shops and showrooms but also residential units and a community hub.
Foster+Partners will create a sleek building that will flank Electric boulevard with hanging gardens devised by the creators of the HighLine in New York, while James Corner Field Operations intend to offer a spectacular view over the Power Station’s white chimneys. The building will be home to private apartments, retail spaces and a medical centre. COMMENT – To mark the launching of the district in Milan, Joanne Skilton, the Battersea Power Station Development Company Ltd head of leasing and main representative at the Milan Fiera, said: “The Power Station is unique because its brand profile is already very strong. We believe that its combination with the most famous corporate and retail brands in the world will create a truly world-class destination and an important addition to London’s fabric”.