England's Battersea Power Station renovation is one of the world's most talked about architecture projects as of late - and Bjarke Ingels Group just unveiled plans for a swirling public square that will link the old power plant on the south bank of the River Thames with the Electric Boulevard development designed by Norman Foster and Frank Gehry. A cascading landscape will connect the main public space with the entrance through the power station.
The project is helmed by a Malaysian development consortium and it was inspired by Malaysia’s landscape and geology – it resembles the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, East Malaysia. It is expected to be finished in limestone, granite, marble, sandstone, gravel and dolomite – including reclaimed material from the Battersea Power Station’s chimneys.
The design of the square was developed by BIG and structural engineers AKT II, lighting specialists Speirs + Major and the artist Jeppe Hein. It merges architecture, urbanism, media design and landscape in a configuration that pays homage to Malaysia‘s industrial heritage.