Gehry and Foster reveal designs for Battersea Power Station project

Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners have unveiled designs for a 1300 home neighbourhood for Phase 3 of south London’s Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

The two firms are collaborating on the residential development that will connect the repurposes Victorian power station with a new London Underground station.

The centre of the development will house a pedestrian high street called The Electric Boulevard, where to the west; Gehry has designed five residential buildings known as Prospect Palace. Meanwhile, Foster + Partners has developed a large apartment block called The Skyline, located to the east.

Prospect Palace is set to house around half of the 1300 homes as well as double-height shops, a community centre and a park. All five buildings will feature Gehry’s signature rippled façade with the central structure shaped as a sculptural flower.

“Our goal from the start has been to create a neighbourhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London, but one that has its own identity and integrity,” said Gehry. “We have tried to create humanistic environments that feel good to live in and visit.”

The Skyline resonates an undulating volume featuring two levels of shops at its base and a 250m rooftop garden. The southern tip of the building will contain affordable housing, while the northern end will offer a medical centre and 160-room hotel.

“It will transform the area and create a vibrant new district for south London that we can all be proud of,” said Grant Brooker, design director and senior partner at Foster + Partners.

New York architect Rafael Vinoly developed the masterplan for the Battersea Power Station site, which will provide a total of 3400 new homes once complete.

“We have set out to make Battersea a showcase for the world’s very best architects and the designs we are unveiling today demonstrate that commitment in action,” said Rob Tincknell CEO at Battersea Power Station Development Company.

He added: “Phase three is an important part of our plans for the power station site, creating a new thoroughfare which will be at the heart of the new vibrant community. We are determined to create a genuine sense of place, and developing landmark buildings in which people are proud to make their home and work in is vital to us achieving that aim.”