The Battersea Power Station is an iconic part of the London skyline, but has sat vacant since the 1980s. The building provides a great example of Art Deco interior and French architects Atelier Zündel Cristea‘s proposed idea preserves it as a museum, with a rollercoaster around the outside.
The rollercoaster would place the focus on the building itself, allowing visitors a unique view of the exterior before they went inside. People would also be able to walk around inside the paths created by the scaffolding-like support of the ride.
Our project puts the power station on centre stage, the structure itself enhancing the site through its impressive scale, its architecture, and its unique brick material. Our created pathway links together a number of spaces for discovery: the square in front of the museum, clearings, footpaths outside and above and inside, footpaths traversing courtyards and exhibition rooms. The angles and perspectives created by the rail’s pathway, through the movement within and outside of the structure, place visitors in a position where they can perceive simultaneously the container and its contents, the work and nature. They come to participate in several simultaneous experiences: enjoying the displayed works, being moved by the beauty of the structure and the city: river, park, buildings.