Frank Gehry designed his first residential development in the UK, complementing the power plant building with modern residential buildings with jagged facades characteristic of deconstructivist architecture
May 16, 2022
Frank Gehry (Frank Gehry), who, for a moment, turned 93 in February, is not going to retire. He continues to be active in both architecture and design. His new project is located in London, in the area of the old Battersea coal-fired power plant. It was built in the 1930s, and in the 1950s it received a second block. In 1983, the station suspended its work, but the industrial complex was preserved. It is considered an architectural monument and regularly “shines” in films and TV shows. By the way, you could see its brick walls and white pipes on the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals album (yes, it is between these pipes that the famous inflatable pig hovers in the air!), As well as in the film The Dark Knight, TV series Doctor Who and Lexx and in the Beatles film Help! So this place is really cult. .jpg” width=”728″ height=”971″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Frank Gehry's new residential complex in London” />
And thanks to Frank Gehry, old industrial buildings have found a new life. The architect completed them with two residential buildings for 300 apartments. Prospect Place thus became Gehry's first residential development in the UK. According to the architect, the goal of the project is to make the houses memorable enough, but at the same time not forget about the historical context and organically connect the new buildings with the existing Battersea buildings.
The first thing that immediately catches your eye is the facades of new houses, along which ripples seem to go. The founder of deconstructivism, Gehry believes that architecture is not a static, but a dynamic form, and that any stable structure has its own movement, overcoming the monolithic weight of the building. The facades of the new residential complex are a clear example of this. White color is also not chosen by chance. As conceived by the architect, it should effectively contrast with the dark brick from which the buildings of the power plant are built.
The new residential complex will be fully provided with everything necessary for life. Frank Gehry took care not only of the infrastructure of the complex, but also of the improvement of its territory. The park in the courtyard was designed by LDA Design, which is known for creating the landscaping of the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.< ul class="related-entities-list__list" data-v-ec838c5e>