Frank Gehry to co-design Battersea Power Station redevelopment

The acclaimed architect will work on the project alongside Lord Foster

Until now his only British building has been a modest if exquisitely realised cancer centre in Dundee.

Yesterday however, it was announced that Frank Gehry - regarded by many as the world’s most innovative architect - is to co-design part of the landmark £8bn project to redevelop London’s Grade II-listed Battersea Power Station.

The Canadian-American will jointly create a new shopping street and surrounding homes at the iconic site on the banks of the Thames with British architect Lord Foster.

The two men were both instrumental in helping reinvent the post-industrial Spanish city of Bilbao in the 1990s. Gehry’s sweeping titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum was universally hailed as a masterpiece whilst Lord Foster oversaw the rebuilding of the city’s underground system.

Both men will work under Rafael Vinoly creator of the so-called Walkie-Talkie in Eastcheap, which earned international notoriety this summer when its glass façade was alleged to have scorched fabric and melted part of a Jaguar car by concentrating the rays of the sun.

Mr Gehry said he has been a long-standing admirer of Giles Gilbert Scott’s art deco structure, Europe’s largest brick building, which closed in 1983 and has since fallen into increasing disrepair despite a number of bold schemes to redevelop it.

“Our goal is to help create a neighbourhood and a place for people to live that respects the iconic Battersea Power Station while connecting it into the broader fabric of the city. We hope to create a design that is uniquely London, that respects and celebrates the historical vernacular of the city,” he added.

The third phase project will comprise two residential zones on either side of a central high street each with 1,200 homes as well as a hotel, shops and restaurants.

Be frank: Gehry's Vitra Design Museum Be frank: Gehry's Vitra Design Museum

One side will be designed by Foster+Partners, whose studio is situated in Wandsworth, south London and the other by Mr Gehry and his team who are based in Santa Monica in California.

Whilst unlikely to aim for the dizzying audaciousness of the Guggenheim or his Walt Disney Concert Hall, it is expected that all the homes will offer “power station views” and Mr Gehry is planning a second sculptural object which he described as a “flower” to create a unique living experience.

The 39-acre site at Battersea, was purchased last year by a Malaysian consortium. It had been feared that its quartet of chimneys might be lost but developers have confirmed they will remain under the new scheme.

A planned 3,400 homes will be served by a new spur of the Northern Line. Rob Tincknell, chief executive for Battersea Power Station Development Company said the designs would be “groundbreaking and wonderful”.

He added: “This clearly demonstrates both the quality and the design aspirations which our shareholders are determined to achieve, as well as the extraordinary design solutions which the site deserves.”

Among previous plans for the Battersea site have been an indoor theme park, a retail and housing complex, an urban park and latterly a new home for Chelsea Football Club.

Mr Gehry’s only other completed building in Britain is a Maggie’s cancer care drop in centre in Dundee. It was opened in 2003 and was the following year named Building of the Year by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland.

Frank Gehry, the architect of this year's pavilion is responsible for a number of iconic modern buildings. Pictured here is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Place Blanche, Paris, 1961, shot by Christer Strömholm
photographyHow the famous camera transformed photography for ever
Arts and Entertainment
The ‘Westmacott Athlete’
art
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tv Some of the characters appear to have clear real-life counterparts
News
Brooks is among a dozen show-business professionals ever to have achieved Egot status
people
Arts and Entertainment
A cut above: Sean Penn is outclassed by Mark Rylance in The Gunman
film review
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight

Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the movie 'Get Hard'
tvWill Ferrell’s new film Get Hard receives its first reviews
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: David Cameron (Mark Dexter), Nick Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve)
tvReview: Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown... this is the kinder version
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the first look picture from next year's Sherlock special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Because it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without people kicking off about the headline acts, a petition has already been launched to stop Kanye West performing on the Saturday night

music
Arts and Entertainment
Molly Risker, Helen Monks, Caden-Ellis Wall, Rebekah Staton, Erin Freeman, Philip Jackson and Alexa Davies in ‘Raised by Wolves’

TV review
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones
Arts and Entertainment
Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

music
Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth (Heida Reed) and Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) in the BBC's remake of their 1975 original Poldark

Poldark review
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
    Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
    Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

    The only direction Zayn could go

    We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
    Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

    Spells like teen spirit

    A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
    Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
    Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

    Licence to offend in the land of the free

    Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
    From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

    From farm to fork in Cornwall

    One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
    Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

    Robert Parker interview

    The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
    How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

    How to make your own Easter egg

    Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

    Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

    Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
    Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

    Cricket World Cup 2015

    Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
    The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing