Power-Architect Frank Gehry's Battersea Power Station Flats are "Falling Over"

By Gary Cutlack on at

They haven't been built yet, of course, but the "falling over" aesthetic is what famous bizarre building maker Frank Gehry is aiming for with his part in the £8bn redevelopment of London's Battersea Power Station complex.

The concept images look like Gehry's taken some toilet roll tubes, drawn windows on them and crumpled them up, gluing them together to create his centrepiece development. At least the colour scheme is all white, rather than his usual mixture of metals, reds, blues and whatever else is going cheap at the builder's merchant at the time of construction.

He's taking responsibility for 700 of the 3,400 homes that will eventually be on the site, with the architect claiming he's aiming to create "humanistic environments."

Gehry's home building part of the project will not be sullied by the need to require any "affordable" elements either, so the entire lot can be sold at market prices to overseas barons for them to use to pop over to the city once or twice a year. The affordable element of the scheme will be provided via a separate group of flats, with Sir Norman Foster and his team designing a selection of homes that, possibly, some well-to-do locals may be able to own for less than a million or two. [Standard]