Battersea Power Station – Switch House

Its been a highlight of my staging work to be asked to dress these apartments at Battersea Power Station.

Switch House utilises the existing historic structure of the Power Station. Many of the building’s original elements have been restored during the redevelopment, overseen by WilkinsonEyre as lead architects, with the new homes featuring brick and steelwork from the 1940s, whilst introducing a contemporary feel to the industrial heritage of the building.

In addition to the apartments in the historic structure, Switch House East also offers modern duplex apartments, which are located in three glazed floors added to the top of the building. The new homes feature spacious living and dining areas with fully equipped open plan kitchens and wooden floors. Each home also comes with windows from the floor to high ceilings, maximising the stunning views across the River Thames and offering an abundance of natural light.

Designed by architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Battersea Power Station was built in two stages with Battersea A (which includes Switch House West) being completed in 1933 and Battersea B (which includes Switch House East) coming into service in 1944. Taking inspiration from both these eras, renowned interior architect, Michaelis Boyd has curated two interior design palettes which reflect the Power Station’s history. The Heritage 33 palette takes inspiration from the classically elegant styling of the 1930s, drawing on details such as the dark herringbone flooring in Control Room A, which once powered a fifth of London’s electricity, and glazed tiles from the Power Station’s Directors’ staircase. The Heritage 47 palette is fresh and contemporary with an “industrial” aesthetic to demonstrate the pared back style of the 1950s when the second part of Battersea Power Station was built.

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