PROSPECT PLACE – FRANK GEHRY’S FIRST RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN THE UK
Battersea Power Station, London majestic new destination, welcomed its first residents to the Designed by Frank Gehry Prospect Square Buildings. The structures are Gehry’s first residential buildings in the UK and include 308 uniquely designed houses, double-height street-level retail units and Prospect Park, which includes a recently opened playground.
After three decades of difficult planning, the Battersea Power Station project – London’s mixed-use sustainable development – is finally starting to come to fruition. Renovation plans involved retaining the overall scale of the existing building, as well as its chimneys and turbine halls. Phase 2 of the mixed-use development has been sensitively restored by the lead architect WilkinsonEyre (read our interview on the project here), forming the centerpiece of a revitalized neighborhood. Phase 3 includes Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners in The Electric Boulevard, Battersea Roof Gardens and Prospect Place.
pictures by Taran Wilkhu
EACH APARTMENT IS UNIQUE, LIKE A UNIQUE WORK OF ART
Frank Gehry’s Prospect Place offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as four-bedroom townhouses and penthouses. As the architect’s first residential building in the UK, the properties present a rare opportunity to purchase an architect-designed home. With no two equal apartments, the experience of buying an apartment here is similar to buying a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
“Frank Gehry and his team have gone above and beyond delivering world-class buildings to Prospect Place,” said Simon Murphy, managing director of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC). “It is an honor that Frank’s first residential project in the UK is at Battersea Power Station and its completion marks a significant milestone in the development.” When we first designed the master plan, we envisioned a thriving community where people can live, work and play, and with each step we take, we’re closer and closer to making that vision a reality, by especially as we prepare to open the power plant to the public. From September onwards.’
Many apartments have views of the power station itself – one of the UK’s most iconic buildings – and each property has a spacious open-plan layout and access to a conservatory or garden. to a terrace. Gehry Partners created two different color palettes for the houses, one referencing London and the other Los Angeles. The London palette reflects the history of the structure, while the LA palette is warmer. Between the buildings is a garden for residents designed by LDA Design, the landscapers of London’s Olympic Park.
At street level, double-height commercial units of one half of Electric Boulevard – the main pedestrian getaway. This main street has created an entry point to the new Battersea Power Station Zone 1 underground station – the first major extension to the London Underground network this century.
“I love London”, said Frank Gehry. “It has culture, history and diversity and the buildings we have created at Battersea Power Station are designed to stand out artfully amongst all of this, whilst framing an internationally recognized icon. It is important that we create social places for future generations and our aim from the start has been to create an area that connects to the historic fabric of the City of London but also has its own identity and integrity.