'Form follows flow'

Monday 01 Dec 2014

Bjarke Ingels Group's Malaysia Square plan for Battersea Power Station unveiled

Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the Malaysia Square public concourse at Battersea Power Station, London has now been unveiled by the Malaysian consortium of S P Setia, Sime Darby Properties and the Employees Provident Fund. The flowing pedestrian space creates a two-storey link between the southern entrance of the Grade II* listed Power Station and the top of the new Electric Boulevard High Street. The latter is bordered on one side by Gehry Partners’ Prospect Place and on the other by Battersea Roof Gardens, designed by Foster + Partners.  

“The innovative and thoughtful concepts underlying the creation of Malaysia Square honours the heritage and shared history of two nations to form a vibrant and exciting public space for residents and visitors to meet, mingle and shape the future together,” explains Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, Chairman of Battersea Project Holding Company Ltd. “It is the shareholders' fondest wish that this will become an enduring landmark which celebrates the best of global East-West collaborations whilst giving every Malaysian who visits this spot in Central London a true sense of belonging and reminder of home.”

Designed in collaboration with AKT II, Speirs + Major and Jeppe Hein, BIG’s design integrates many core materials in Malaysian geology, such as limestone, granite, marble, sandstone, gravel, and dolomite. The smooth lines and sculptural forms are said to resemble the caves of Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, and a hibiscus-shaped water fountain will make further reference to Malaysia and the historic ties that link it with the UK. The Malaysian building materials will be blended with reclaimed bricks from the Battersea Power Station chimneys to further signify this partnership.

Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner at BIG, said: “Situated at the very foot of the towering Battersea icon, the new Malaysia Square derives its shape from human flows, creating a cascading landscape carved into the street - or simply put form follows flow. As an urban canvas of possibilities for cultural expression, where landscape, architecture, urbanism and media design are in complete harmony - the new Malaysia Square lends dignity to the majestic industrial heritage while paving the way for a new Malaysia identity.”   

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