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BIG Tapped to Design Public Square for Battersea Power Station

BIG Tapped to Design Public Square for Battersea Power Station

BIG is set to make its UK debut. As reported by the Architect’s Journal, the Danish practice has been selected from an international shortlist to design a public square for Battersea Power Station. Though no formal announcement has been made, the “Malaysia Square” scheme will be a key element in the Wilkinson Eyre-designed masterplan, serving as the development’s “front door.” It will connect the masterplan’s first three phases, just south of the listed landmark, which include Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners’ proposed “Electric Boulevard.”

Originally a coal-fired electricity generator in the 1930s, the Battersea Power Station fell into disrepair after closing down in 1983. Over the years it has become a treasured icon in the London skyline. Now, it’s the center of a massive regeneration plan by Malaysian developers who are enlisting architects from around the globe to transform it into a luxury retail, office and living complex. The first of the development’s seven phases - a housing scheme by Ian Simpson and dRMM - will be complete in 2016.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "BIG Tapped to Design Public Square for Battersea Power Station" 12 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/567098/big-tapped-to-design-public-square-for-battersea-power-station> ISSN 0719-8884

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