The Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”), on behalf of the shareholders of Battersea Power Station, has revealed the latest designs for ‘Battersea Roof Gardens’ and ‘Prospect Park’ ahead of the Global Launch for Phase 3 of the development on Friday 31 October 2014.
The crowning jewel of the Foster + Partners ‘Battersea Roof Gardens’ is the landscaped garden that sits on top of 15 residential storeys and stretches over 355 metres long which is being designed by James Corner Field Operations who created the famous ‘High Line’ in New York City. This will be one of the largest roof gardens in London. The stunning space will be illuminated at night and will change subtly through the seasons. Whilst Field Operations have taken inspiration from America, this garden will be very different and more like a grand city garden, with more intimacy and moments to sit quietly as opposed to the public thoroughfare of New York’s High Line that sits on the raised disused railway lines. There will be opportunities throughout the year for the general public to enjoy this unique space, alongside the residents.
The idea of the space is to give residents and hotel guests the opportunity to enjoy not only this skyline of London, but the skyline and profile of The Power Station with a full 360 degree panorama. Along the garden walkways are various overlooks, seating areas and planted garden areas creating a dramatic sequence of unfolding experiences, attractions and spectacular vistas. There will be little pockets of sheltered quiet space, a lawned area and then more public areas, with access from the hotel below.
At the end of the rooftop is the ‘fitness deck’ that supports any number of resident uses and activities, from exercising and fitness classes to children’s play, gatherings and parties and small movie screenings. At the extreme tip of the rooftop is the ‘lookout’ ; residents can step through a narrow opening between large canopy trees into an intimate overlook that offers spectacular views of the Power Station and city.
The Woodland Walk will be the most beautiful and powerfully dramatic space on the rooftop; a dense forest of birch trees ‘in the sky’. The white trunks of the birch trees will be a theatrical foreground to the Power Station chimneys beyond. The garden walkways meander around the birch planters, creating a sense of journeying through the woodland, while also choreographing new views, vistas and orientations. Timber seating rings and free standing hammocks offer places to sit, relax and lay out.
At the centre of the rooftop is the Sun Lawn. Oriented directly perpendicular to the Power Station chimneys, it provides a wide open horizon to take in the view, the weather and the scene, while also allowing for activities. Picnicking, sunbathing, star gazing and evening movies may be especially popular day-to-day activities.
The Sun Lounge and Summer Kitchen will be the most active and social features for residents on the rooftop. Set within a flowering perennial garden, the Summer Kitchen offers residents a large, communal “farm table”, prep work station and a raised picnic lawn. Each of these features is an amenity for individuals using the farm table as a work surface to cater for small gatherings, lunches, BBQs and dinner parties.
North of the Summer Kitchen is the Sun Lounge; a collection of custom v-shaped chaises, that are alternately oriented to the south and to the sunset, or to the chimneys and the Gehry Partners ‘Flower’ building. The lounge will be a spectacular attraction for visitors to London: stepping out onto the rooftop, with the chimneys looming large in full-view. The lounge consists of several amenities for the hotel guests: cabanas, a bar, seating and dining areas, several theatrical ‘lookout’ spaces, all set within a garden setting of perennials, grasses and tall canopy trees.
The whole Battersea Power Station project looks set to be fully competed by 2025.