Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry frames Battersea Power Station with his first housing project in the UK

Rippled white facades punctured by large windows define the Prospect Place housing development that Pritzker Architecture Award-winning architect Frank Gehry has completed at Battersea Power Station in London.

The scheme, which is the first housing project realised by the Canadian-American architect in the UK, contains two buildings with a total of over 300 homes.

View of Battersea Power Station from Prospect Place
Top image: Frank Gehry has completed Prospect Place at Battersea Power Station. Photo is by Hufton+Crow. Above: the scheme comprises two buildings

Gehry designed Prospect Place with his eponymous studio Gehry Partners as part of the regeneration of the iconic Giles Gilbert Scott-designed Battersea Power Station on the banks of the River Thames.

Alongside the residences, it also comprises a mix of retail units and a private garden named Prospect Park.

White housing in Battersea by Frank Gehry
The buildings have rippled white facades. Photo is by John Sturrock

According to Gehry, the goal for the development was for it to read independently while also framing and connecting to Battersea Power Station.

"I love London," reflected Gehry. "It has culture, history and diversity and the buildings we have created at Battersea Power Station are designed to stand artfully on their own amongst all of that, whilst also framing an internationally recognised icon."

View of Battersea Power Station from Prospect Place
Prospect Place overlooks the iconic power station

"It is important we create social places for future generations and our goal from the start has been to create a neighbourhood that connects into the historic fabric of the city of London but also has its own identity and integrity," added Gehry.

The opening of Prospect Place comes ahead of the opening of the revamped power station by WilkinsonEyre, which is expected to finish in September and will include a glass lift within one of its chimneys.

White housing in London by Frank Gehry
Large windows puncture the white facades

Within the two buildings are a total of 308 homes that vary in size, ranging from studio apartments and one-bed flats to four-bedroom townhouses and penthouses.

Gehry Partners' design of each apartment also differs, meaning that no two homes are the same. However, each one has an open-plan layout, access to either a winter garden or terrace, and views over the city.

Rippled facade of Prospect Place by Frank Gehry
The buildings mostly contain housing. Photo is by Hufton + Crow

Externally the two buildings are distinguished by their sculptural white facades, which have a rippled effect and are punctuated by large windows.

This creates a contrast with the uniform and industrial architecture of the adjacent power station, clearly distinguishing between old and new.

Rippled facades of Prospect Place by Frank Gehry
Its contemporary architecture contrasts the industrial look of the power station. Photo is by Hufton + Crow

Inside, the apartments have been finished using two palettes named London and LA, developed by Gehry Partners.

The London palette is made up of metallic finishes and rich in textures that are intended to offer an industrial look, while the LA version makes use of pale wooden finishes and a light colour scheme.

Open-plan living room
All the homes have open-plan living spaces

At street level, the two buildings are complete with double-height retail units. These link to a pedestrian walkway through the development, which will eventually lead to a new high street for the wider area named Electric Boulevard.

Positioned between the two buildings is the Prospect Park, which was designed for residents by LDA Design – the designers behind the landscaping at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The completion of Prospect Place marks a significant milestone in the long-awaited regeneration of the Grade II*-listed Battersea Power Station.

It is positioned to the south of the former station, alongside a neighbouring building by British studio Foster + Partners named Battersea Roof Gardens.

Open-plan kitchen and dining room
Some of the apartments are finished with light colours and wooden details

Battersea Roof Gardens will comprise public facilities including rooftop gardens, a hotel and workspaces open to Prospect Place residents, alongside more apartments and retail facilities.

The rooftop gardens will be developed by garden designer LDA Design but in collaboration with landscape architect James Corner, who created the New York High Line.

Bedroom inside Prospect Place apartment
The homes all look out over the city

Earlier this year, the lead architect on the restoration project WilkinsonEyre revealed images of its Battersea Power Station Chimney Lift.

The attraction will rise through the power station's northwest chimney and offer visitors 360-degree views of London 109 metres above the ground.

The photography is by Taran Wilkhu unless stated otherwise. 

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Example floor plan of Prospect Place by Gehry Partners
Example floor plan
Example floor plan of Prospect Place by Gehry Partners
Example floor plan
Interior of Prospect Place apartment with LA colour palette
Interior of Prospect Place apartment with LA colour palette
Bathroom of Prospect Place in London
Interior of Prospect Place apartment by Frank Gehry
View of Battersea from Prospect Place
Prospect Place terrace by Frank Gehry
Battersea Power Station
Photo is by Hufton + Crow
Interior of Prospect Place apartment at Battersea Power Station
Kitchen with wooden cabinets
Interior of Prospect Place apartment at Battersea Power Station
Helical staircase