The Battersea Power Station is an iconic London building, but it’s been tragically unused since it was decommissioned in 1983. Now, architectural firm Atelier Zündel Cristea wants to turn that around with a proposal to make the abandoned spot a roller coaster. Where do we sign?
The station would be the centre of a rollicking thrill ride. But the building itself would still be preserved as an architecture museum, as it should be. The Battersea Power Station is a beautiful art deco-style building, although it’s deteriorated over the last three decades. And it’s an important part of pop culture — it’s been featured in the Beatles’ Help!, as well as a Judas Priest video, and you might recognise it as the cover art from Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals. In 1987, former Battersea Station owners had a plan to turn it into an indoor theme park, but it fell through because of a lack of funds.
So now Zündel Cristea wants to turn the site into something that people love once again, with the addition of footpaths, squares, courtyards and rotating exhibitions. And, most importantly, a roller coaster that rushes around it making the building the very centre of attention. What more could you want?