There’s a couple of reasons to love this former power plant in the heart of London. The first is the building itself, majestic, assertive, and positively iconic in all of its art deco glory (especially so from its use on the cover of a Pink Floyd album).
Sweet design with sweet detailing, and a great reminder that even industrial buildings warrant great design for those who both work within and live around it.
The second is the amazing mixed-use adaptive reuse of the building that was recently completed. Retail and office spaces use most of the space within, including the cavernous turbine and boiler halls, while residential lines the periphery and, with a remarkable flair, as new glass and steel boxes set delicately atop the existing brick base. Well-proportioned and taking cues from the existing conditions, the new apartments compliment the original design very well. A trio of linear gardens join also the residences atop the building.
Even the old control rooms were given a chance to join in the fun, handsomely restored to their glory.
Reading up on the history, after the station was decommissioned there were some unfortunate twists and turns and false starts that resulted in a long dormancy and the whole thing falling into disrepair. It’s fortunate and great to see this new form come to fruition, restoring the landmark design while also providing a great mixed-use addition to the neighborhood. And it’s adaptive reuse, so you know I have to love it. Great stuff.
The Battersea Power Station, originally by Giles Gilbert Scott, and one of the largest brick buildings in the world. He also designed the Bankside power station, also the site of an amazing adaptive reuse into the Tate Modern art gallery! Adaptive reuse design led by WilkinsonEyre (more pictures, videos, and historical photos at their site — and check out the jaw-droppingly interesting Chimney Lift, an elevating glass room the size of the inside of the chimney that emerges to give 360 views, wow).
This is great. It’s an iconic building for sure.