Gurmeet Sian

Discontinuous Spaces – A Proposal for Battersea Power Station, London

To think of a site in isolation, one instantly omits the opportunities which exist within its broader ‘territory’.

The proposal posits the theory of spatially ‘connecting’ sites around the broader territory of Battersea Power Station, to facilitate the functioning of a temporary entertainment facility on the main power station site. The theoretical ‘connection’ of spaces was dealt with at the scale of the city, building, and room. Through 2d and 3d boundary analysis and cognitive drawing, two dislocated ‘feeder’ sites were developed, in addition to a water and land promenade running along the south bank of the Thames. The architectural challenge was to theoretically ‘connect’ these physically disconnected spaces.

The ‘feeder’ sites, [Jetty and Hinge sites], are located within a 0.5 km radius of Battersea Power Station and incorporate programs orientated towards the travelling entertainers, tourists and the adjacent residential and industrial areas. The ‘keys’ acquired from the re-mapping process are used to generate form and provide an infrastructure for spaces to be connected together, both within the buildings and the surrounding urban fabric.

The ‘feeder’ sites, and the ferry, rail and car access points situated within the power station territory permit integration in and around the site. By creating ‘feeder’ sites one begins to connect pieces in an otherwise discontinuous urban landscape.

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Points G and I

Conceptualising-Form

Transitions 3.5 & 4.1

Needle Section

Media Node

Entrance Route

Arcade Gallery

Hinge Site Connections

Media Strip

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