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.