The redevelopment of one of London’s most iconic buildings, Battersea Power Station, is at the heart of a massive new development that includes 3,500 homes, offices, shops, restaurants, a theatre and a six-acre park. We won an international competition for the first phase of the project to create RS-1B, a residential apartment building that defines the western edge of the Battersea Power Station site, situated next to a busy railway line.
The scheme is formed from a series of stacked apartments that shift in response to the curve of the railway, generating a simple articulated form of projecting and recessed boxes. In common with all of our residential schemes, the apartments have been designed with an emphasis on creating desirable and usable space, maximizing light and space. Apartments therefore enjoy views of the internal landscaped courtyard as well as the Thames, with full height windows to optimize views and outdoors space that includes private terrace plots and roof-top gardens. Unlike the rest of the new developments, which are predominantly steel and glass, our building will be clad in copper, offering a tactile vulnerability that evokes a more quirky British tradition of individualism.
Our success in Battersea has been to design a high-quality, high-profile building that still retains its own identity. The value of the scheme can be measured in an increase in revenue for our clients, a better quality of life for the building’s residents and a contribution to the built environment for all.
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