As phase three of London’s Battersea Power Station regeneration, Foster + Partners has collaborated with Gehry Partners to design the 42-acre development’s primary entrance. Together, the duo has envisioned “The Electric Boulevard” - a massive gateway connecting the Northern Line Extension station to the Power Station, which will be formed by an undulating Foster-designed tower known as “The Skyline” and Gehry’s five-building “Prospect Place.”
Housing more than 1,300 homes and over 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, the boulevard is expected to become one of London’s most distinguished high streets.
To the east of the Electric Boulevard will be Gehry’s five-building “Prospect Place.” Anchored by a distinctive “Flower” high-rise, the mixed-use development will house half of the phase’s overall housing, along with double-height retail units, a multi-use community hub and park.
Forming the western edge of the boulevard will be Foster’s “Skyline” - a multi-functional high-rise grounded by two floors of retail and topped with one of the city’s largest roof gardens which will span over a quarter of a kilometer. Large breaks in the facade will allow natural light to illuminate the public space below, while craving skygardens throughout the building. The phase’s remaining half of residential units, including 103 affordable homes, will be housed in the Skyline, along with a medical center and a 160-room hotel.
The Battersea Power Station master plan was originally designed by Rafael Viñoly. In total, the regeneration project will add more that 3,400 homes to the area. Work began on the development’s first phase, Circus West, in July 2013 and restoration of the Grade II* listed Power Station itself will begin shortly.
Reference: Battersea Power Station