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.

Commended entry