Friday, June 20, 2008

Battersea Power Station

A good amount of buzz about Rafael Viñoly and his new Battersea Power Station development master plan. A comprehensive look from WAN shows a range of images and some descriptions of the features of the development. "The masterplan, unveiled today by Treasury Holdings UK on behalf of REO, will regenerate an area of London that will provide approximately 8 million square feet (750,000 square metres) of residential, office and retail space. There will be a six acre public park, a riverside walk and an urban square."

:: images via WAN

The use of rooftop spaces is an important aspect of the development. An example of a cool but very 'architectural' space offered up as one of the examples:

:: images via WAN

There are definitely a number of questions, but the overall idea is laudable. The objectives, again via BDonline:

• The sensitive regeneration of Battersea Power Station
• The creation of a zero carbon environment
• The delivery of a sustainable mixed-use development which will ensure marketability and strong demand
• To act as a catalyst for regeneration of the Nine Elms Corridor
• To ensure that the project is totally deliverable
• To facilitate a sustainable public transport solution

This is definitely a far cry from the old use of the site - sort of penance maybe, for the industrial heritage. Guess things have evolved a bit since WWII (see image below) and I assume we will see more about this soon, as there is already a battle brewing on this one with some grumbling about the proposal from the establishment. Fun!

:: Battersea Power Station (1944) - image via Vaux Hall Society

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