Battersea Power Station To Become New Crystal Palace?

By M@ Last edited 110 months ago
Battersea Power Station To Become New Crystal Palace?


It's like Rafael Vinoly's bought a shit load of glass that he needs to dispose of. After the architect's plans to build a giant crystalline eco-chimney at Battersea were quashed, he went away and brooded...and came up with this. The latest in a long line of proposals for the derelict site would see two curvaceous glass canopies extending along the station. Details are scarce at this point, but the scheme would also include residential blocks, low-rise office complexes and a riverside open space connecting through to Battersea Park. It'll be interesting to see if heritage bodies look more favourably at this scheme. Save Britain's Heritage have already questioned the glass roof. "[It] looks incongruous - the wonderful thing about the power station is the angularity of it," says their Secretary William Palin. "I don't think it particularly complements the building.” He's clearly never noticed those four oh-so-curvy-you-want-to-hug-them chimneys which, to our eyes, almost perfectly complement the new arching roof. According to architecture website BD Online, the plans also incorporate the long-touted Battersea Tube Station. Don't get too excited. Even if these schemes go through, it'll be over six years before the Tube opens, and 11 before the scheme is complete.

Last Updated 09 April 2009


How the hell does vinoly keep getting work, i'm not saying he's entirely talentless.... but... well.. you know.

yet he seems to have clients knocking on his door.


I know it's just one photo, but I have to say - I quite like it - it's far better than some of the designs I've seen for the place.

If people keep vetoing every single planning application for the site, the chimney stacks will end up toppling, because nobody's maintaining them properly, and then you'll have no landmark whatsoever.


It needs a inflatable pink pig high above it. That will Save Britain's Heritage!


Time for a retrospective of abandoned redevelopment plans surely?