Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners presented their designs for phase three of London's Battersea Power Station redevelopment project today. The third phase introduces The Electric Boulevard, a new high street for London that will double as the main gateway into the 42 acre Battersea development. Buildings with rippling and undulating profiles flank the boulevard and will accommodate 1,300 new homes, a 160-room hotel, and 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
To the east of The Electric Boulevard, Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners designed Prospect Place, a cluster of five mixed-use buildings with twisted and rippled facades matching Gehry’s distinctive style. A central “Flower” building, named after its flower-shaped plan, anchors the heart of Prospect Place. Gehry’s designs also include a community park, multi-use community hub, and double-height retail units at the street level.
Foster + Partners designed the Skyline, a long undulating building to the west of The Electric Boulevard. The Skyline will house approximately half of all residential units, including 103 units of affordable housing, a medical center, and the 160-room hotel at the northern end. The wavy building will also be topped by one of London’s largest green roofs, from where residents can enjoy breathtaking views of the Power Station and city skyline.
“Battersea Power Station is an iconic site and the unveiling of this exciting new design by Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners will ensure the development of this former industrial site will put Battersea on the world stage once again,” said Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. “The plans for a new high street for the capital show that London continues to attract the best in terms of architecture, design and innovation.”
Construction on the iconic Battersea Power Station master plan, designed by Rafael Viñoly, broke ground last summer. The mixed-use development will consist of over 3,400 homes, 18 acres of open space, and a combination of office, retail, hospitality, and restaurant space. Restoration of the Power Station’s iconic chimneys is set to start shortly.
Images via Battersea Station Co.