Battersea Power Plan -- is Rafael Vi??oly a menace or a sustainable design hero?

Architect Rafael Viñoly’s plan to redevelop the Battersea Power Station site, is certainly causing a stir. The proposal sees the iconic power station, which has loomed over the south bank of the River Thames since 1939 (and which memorably featured on Pink Floyd’s 1977 Animals album cover) recast as a vast mixed use complex, with the eight million square foot plan including residential, retail, hotel and office space as well as an open-air park and an extension to the Northern line on the underground. The iconic masonry smokestacks will be back in business in the new environmentally sensitive locale, “employed to exhaust water vapor produced by a new biofuel-powered, co-generation plant located in the basement.”

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