Battersea Winter Garden London
Battersea Park Competition, Commendation : 1978
An ideas competition for the revitalisation of Battersea Park in London. The vision was for a giant glass and stainless steel 'slug' located on the footprint of the famous 'big dipper' that had been the scene of a tragic accident, and had been demolished. The building would be a 'winter garden' - a crystal palace - with an aquarium lake, access by under-water tunnels. The twin viewing towers echo the chimneys of Battersea Power Station. The recurring flags were 'green' union jacks. A ribbed concrete structure, gasket glazed curved cladding, the ends clad in stainless steel (like the flood barriers on the Thames). Norman Foster was one of the judges. A technical consultant on the design was Sean Billings, who designed the cladding system for Foster's Sainsbury Art Centre and, later, many innovative cladding systems for Will Alsop, Nick Grimshaw.