While it stopped being functional back in 1983, London-based Battersea Power Station has since become one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, known for its unique four-chimney design and spectacular Art Deco-style interiors. The area, which is set to undergo massive redevelopment, will soon boast a stunning rooftop infinity pool, offering views of the Giles Gilbert Scott-designed station and the surrounding region.
Originally built in the 1930s, the 17-hectare coal-fired power station was later expanded in the 1950s. Over the years, several development plans have been proposed for the site, most of which have not come to fruition. The current proposal, drawn up by New York-based architect Rafael Viñoly, envisages a thriving metropolis around the historic building, featuring a bustling shopping center, 3,400 new homes and even a new London Underground station.
Unveiled last year by British architectural firm Foster + Partners, in collaboration with Frank Gehry, the plan for the third phase of the redevelopment project includes the construction of five residential towers as well as an exclusively pedestrian street called Electric Boulevard. According to the developers, the eastern part of the site will house The Skyline, a magnificent mixed-use structure with a variety of retail, commercial and residential units.
Furthermore, The Skyline will boast a 160-room luxury hotel, operated by Art’otel, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based PPHE Hotel Group. In addition to the spectacular rooftop swimming pool, the building will be home to an art gallery, a lounge-cum-cafe as well as a sky bar and restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views of the glittering skyscape.
The city is also set to get the world’s first “Sky Pool”, as part of the much-anticipated Embassy Gardens development project. As its name suggests, the glass-encased swimming pool will be hung between the rooftops of two adjacent apartment blocks, with a small bridge allowing residents to walk from one building to the other.