Foster and Gehry chosen for Battersea Power Station development
Multi award-winning architects Norman Foster and Frank Gehry are to co-design the latest phase of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project.
The scheme – Gehry’s first foray into London residential design – will involve the addition of a shopping street to bridge the gap between the development and a new underground station, according to dezeen.com.
Two architectural powerhouses at the helm
In the interests of fairness, both architects will design a residential building to sit alongside the connecting shopping street. In total, the buildings and retail complex are expected to provide 1,200 homes, as well as a hotel, restaurants and a library.
This development represents the third phase of Battersea’s regeneration scheme. The project as a whole is set to provide 3,400 homes across a 39 acre mixed-use site.
With two architectural powerhouses at the helm, phase three is likely to be memorable. Gehry’s previous works include the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and Dancing House, Prague. His curvaceous, deconstructivist style differs from Foster’s Modernist creations such as the Gherkin and 8 Canada Square.
Creating a place that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station
In a statement cited in bbc.co.uk, Gehry spoke of his objectives for the project, saying:
“Our goal is to help create a neighbourhood and a place for people to live that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station while connecting it to the broader fabric of the city.”
Design director at Foster and Partners, Grant Brooker, conveyed his excitement at working on the iconic development, adding:
“We moved our own office to Wandsworth almost twenty five years ago – the Borough is very important to us, so we were absolutely delighted to be chosen to be part of this inspiring regeneration project.”
Author: Sarah Howard Date Written: 25 October 2013