As one of the most recognizable edifices on the London skyline, the quadruple-chimneyed Battersea Power Station offers the unique opportunity to reside inside a true icon. Originally envisaged by Giles Gilbert Scott (the same architect who designed the British red phone box), the former power station is sensationally reborn as a set of supremely covetable riverside residences, courtesy of WilkinsonEyre. The majestic industrial chutzpah of a building that once gave power to a swathe of the UK capital is more glorious than ever, now elevated with contemporary flourishes, including a private roof garden and an indoor lap pool. Perhaps summing up the sheer joyous ambition of it all: one of the chimneys is fitted with a glass elevator that shoots up to the crown, becoming a viewing platform over the city.
Developed By Battersea Power Station Development Company
Never wanting in aspiration, WilkinsonEyre has conjured up a slew of innovative creations, including a sci-fi-esque conservatory at Beijing Botanic Gardens and London’s new Liverpool Street Station on the Elizabeth Line. In the case of Battersea Power Station, tactfulness and sensitivity have been key. Rather than imposing themselves on the Grade II listed powerhouse, the architects have danced with the original designs. Three neighborhoods in miniature—Switch House West, Switch House East, and at the summit, Boiler House Square—are woven between the chimneys. Black steel frame windows mirror the original industrial art-deco stylings. All have access to private gardens, seamlessly knitted into the rooftop, providing an extra layer of exclusive yet discreet living.
In the past few years, the neighborhood around Battersea Power Station has seen sweeping regeneration, evolving into an exquisite entertainment district on the southern bank of the Thames. It is replete with riverside bars and eateries, a brewery, a nine-acre riverside park, and a cinema set under the Victorian rail arches—not to mention a slew of new luxury residences. At the heart of it all is the iconic power station itself, designed in the 1930s by Giles Gilbert Scott and now reawakened as a high-end shopping mall inhabited by luxe brands like Ralph Lauren, TAG Heuer, and Boss. Two freshly opening London Underground stations—Battersea Power Station and Nine Elms—ensure the neighborhood is connected with the rest of London, while on-site gardens and nearby sprawling Battersea Park, with its boating lake and Pump House Gallery, offer tranquility in spades.
Playing up the building’s industrial aesthetics, Michaelis Boyd Associates has left entire walls of brickwork exposed in each of the 254 apartments. The power station’s two turbine halls were constructed in two movements between the 1930s and 50s, and the fixtures and fittings of the apartments reflect this; the Heritage ’33 palette has a sumptuous art-deco sophistication, featuring herringbone marble tiled floors and unlacquered brass fittings. The Heritage ’47 look is more contemporary, with matte white finish cabinetry and chrome fittings. All residences have Miele appliances—though, these days, the electricity is sourced from elsewhere.
Once a machine of industry, Battersea Power Station is now having some fun and is flush with luxe lifestyle amenities. Residents can swim lengths in the 65-foot indoor pool with accompanying sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and treatment areas. A residents’ club provides elegant workspaces, a screening room with plush chairs and side tables for drinks, and dining rooms and lounges with floor-to-ceiling glass. Crowning the power station roof are the Andy Sturgeon-designed roof gardens, where residents can unwind among bright foliage and grasses.
- 24hr Doorman
- Conference Room
- Coworking Space
- Fitness Center
- Game Room
- Outdoor Grills
- Outdoor Space
- Private Dining
- Rooftop Garden
- Screening Room
- Swimming Pool