Frank Gehry’s Battersea building opens its doors
The long-awaited Frank Gehry-designed building has welcomed its first residents, marking the first residential project designed by the renowned Canadian-American architect in the UK, as well as a major milestone in the wider redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station area. .
The building, called Prospect Place, is a key component of the Battersea Power Station regeneration project. It features 308 new homes, including studios, multi-bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses. No two homes are the same, but all are completed with an open plan design and have access to either a conservatory or terrace.
The American company designed two color palettes for the homes in Prospect Place, naming them London and LA respectively. London is characterized by its metallic finishes and industrial feel, inspired by the historical and modern elements that make up the fabric of the city, while Los Angeles has a more relaxed vibe, combining light wood finishes and a light color scheme.
“I love London,” said Gerry, who founded his eponymous studio in 1962. “It has culture, history and diversity, and the buildings we have created at Battersea Power Station are designed to artistically stand alone among it all, while also forming a recognizable symbol.” “Globally.”
He added: “It is important that we create social places for future generations, and our aim from the beginning was to create a neighborhood that connects with the historic fabric of London, but also has its own identity and integrity.”
Residents of Prospect Place, which is located to the south of the power station, will also have access to the adjacent building designed by Norman Foster’s firm Foster + Partners, called Battersea Roof Gardens. Here, residents will be able to use the huge, private Sky Lounge, sunset bar, work spaces, cinema room, lounge areas and gym. Residents will also be able to enjoy the rooftop gardens designed by LDA Design and James Corner, who designed the New York High Line.
“When we first designed the masterplan, we envisioned a thriving community where people could live, work and play, and with every milestone achieved, we move closer to making that vision a reality,” said Simon Murphy, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development. The company, which oversaw the £9 billion (about US$11.25 billion) project.
Prospect Place may represent Gehry’s first residential project in the UK, but his prolific work is known around the world. Projects currently designed by his firm include the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and La Maison LVMH in Paris. Projects under construction range from the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California, to the new Warner Bros. headquarters, also in California, but in Burbank.
Elsewhere in architecture news, the iconic Donald Judd Building in the harbor has reopened, following an extensive renovation by architecture firm Schaum/Shieh.