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The Art of Architecture

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Episode 2: The Art of Architecture

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A look at Battersea Power Station, a Grade II-listed building that was derelict for years before a Malaysian consortium brought it back to life by commissioning architect Jim Eyre.
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Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s cathedral-like Battersea Power Station has been a London landmark for almost 90 years despite being derelict since it was decommissioned in 1983. However, a few years ago a Malaysian consortium that realised heritage and culture were things to be appreciated rather than avoided appointed architect Jim Eyre to bring it back to life.

It’s absolutely fascinating hearing Eyre describe this ambitious project to create shops, offices and homes from Scott’s spectacular yet industrial exterior. “You mustn’t go off on flights of fantasy,” he says about the challenges of working on a listed building like Battersea, “you must respect it. Make sure what you’re designing is needed”. Wise words.

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