Advertisement

The Battersea Power Station Used To Be An Abandoned Landmark, Until It Was Renovated Into This.

The converted factory loft trend has been going strong for over thirty years now and large cities are running out of factories to flip to luxury condos. So the exposed-brick and pipe lovers of the world have had to get a little creative with their raw space dreams.


Getty Images

So it was really only a matter of time before we got to this.


Getty Images

In the Battersea area of London, here are the newest in luxury living.


Getty Images

If you don't think you see high-priced condos in the smokestacks, you're mistaken. The condos ARE the smokestacks, of course. They've been a distinctive feature on the London skyline  for more than 50 years, but only recently did someone think, "if I lived in those smokestacks, I'd be home by now".


Getty Images

The Battersea Power Station was commissioned in 1927 and at 560 feet wide and 338 feet tall, it remains the largest brick building in Europe.


Getty Images

This is the acrophobia-inducing cleaning of the towers.


Getty Images


Getty Images


Peter Dazely

The inside once buzzed with workers and these old-school systems.


Flickr


Flickr


Flickr

Advertisement


Flickr


Flickr

The station has seen some action, surviving a fire and World War II relatively unscathed. It was a popular local feature in film and art depictions of London in the 60s and 70s.


Telegraph (UK)

But the production has been stopped since 1983 and the station has been vacant ever since. Plans have come and gone to redevelop the area for a monument, a football stadium and a theme park, but none of the projects ever took off. It does make a fine architectural relic.


Shando


Adam Slater

Cut to 2012, when a Malaysian company purchased the station for renovation. Not only will the old site house several luxury condos and apartments, but also a huge shopping mall, restaurants and a panoramic rooftop garden.


MessyNessy Chic


MessyNessy Chic


MessyNessy Chic


ArchiLovers

Fortunately, things like the original art-deco features and art from the 1930s will be preserved.


Julian Mason


Phil Coomes

Art Deco 2
MessyNessy Chic

Advertisement

The old windows will be repaired and incorporated into the design.


Adam Nash


Gordon & Co.

Even the skeleton cranes, once used for unloading coal onto the jetty will be able to keep their home.


MessyNessy Chic


Elfanzine

The iconic chimneys have a long road ahead of them in the process of renovation.


MessyNessy Chic

To preserve their structural integrity, each of the stacks need to be dismantled and rebuilt. The new chimneys will look identical to the originals, but will have modern safety features for better reinforcement.


MessyNessy Chic

“Following exhaustive surveys and testing by leading experts it was found that any refurbishment of the existing chimneys would only ever be a short-term fix and not actually prevent the chimneys from continuing to deteriorate," Battersea representatives say. Still, Battersea is committed to preserving the chimneys as much as possible and considers them a London landmark.

The inside of one of the apartments:


Your Local Guardian

Interior 5
MessyNessy Chic


AOL Money

The asking price? Anywhere between £500,000 to £4.5 million. London living ain’t cheap.


Global Rail News

Credit: Battersea Power Station | MessyNessy Chic

Trending Today: