dRMM’s Faraday House is a bold and imaginative residential building that is part of the high-profile Battersea redevelopment.
Our ability to think laterally and create the unexpected won us an national competition for part of the first phase. The eight phase, mixed-use development will include a new town centre and business quarter served by a Northern Line extension, at the heart of which sits the restoration of the Grade II listed Power Station.
We were asked to design a residential apartment building adjacent to one of the main railway lines into London. This difficult western edge of the site was perceived as less attractive and lower profile. Seeing the flow of trains and the River Thames as iconic pieces of the London experience, we instead designed a building that embraces its position and provides a playful marker on the way into Victoria station.
Faraday House is formed from a series of stacked apartments that shift in response to the curve of the tracks, generating an interesting form of projecting and recessed boxes. The 8 storey building is clad in copper alloy; a bright, folded metal that reflects a hand-worked aesthetic and gives the building a joyful and striking identity.
In contrast Simpson Haugh and Partners have designed a crystalline mixed-use building with a long and tapering footprint. These two distinct buildings form a central courtyard by landscape architects LDA Design.
The first phase of the Battersea Power Station regeneration attracted significant publicity after going on sale January 2013.
Rafael Viñoly, master planner for the site, said: ‘Both architects demonstrated a bold design approach whilst remaining commercially realistic and understanding of the original vision.’
Battersea Power Station Development Company have announced the first new shops, restaurants and cafés moving into Circus West. This first phase is expected to open in late summer 2017.
Learn more about dRMM’s design of Faraday House here.