The redevelopment plan for London's famed Battersea Power Station is slowly being unveiled - and details were just released for the project's stunning, expansive rooftop garden. LDA Design and Andy Sturgeon Landscape and Garden Designs are responsible for the sophisticated "Garden of the Elements," which represents the three elements of fire, water and air.
Covering over two and a half acres of the industrial complex, the landscape designs include expansive manicured gardens, waterfalls, peaceful walkways and what is being proposed as London’s largest glass atrium. According to the design, the complex will be split into two developments, Switch House East and Switch House West. The east side of the plan will see the fire element in the large corten steel fins and will include expansive lawns and molded shrubbery, typical of an English garden. Terraced belvederes will be incorporated at both ends in order to access beautiful views of the intricate garden details.
The Switch House West section is located directly above the 1930’s power station. This area will focus on the plan’s water element design with a series of water courses and various serene waterfalls that flow into the lower level pool around the base of the Power Station. Switch House West will also be the closest area to the “largest glass atrium in London”. The atrium will be located at the new Boiler House Square, the proposed heart of the complex located just between the four original chimney stacks. This area will focus on the air element with cloud-like plants planted among the surrounding pools.
Once the redevelopment project is completed, Battersea Power Station will be a mix of residential and commercial areas. The proposed rooftop landscaping plan will be available for both residents and commercial employees to enjoy, although some areas will be reserved for those residing in the luxury apartments.
After decades of disuse, the Battersea Power Station was bought by a Malaysian consortium in 2012. Since the purchase, the actual redevelopment plan has been slow to progress. However, with such big names attached to the project, there is a lot of architectural anticipation brewing, both locally and internationally.