The Battersea Experiment
  • THE BATTERSEA EXPERIMENT

    Synopsis
     
    In 2012 an architectural experiment was established within the shell of the former Battersea Power Station.Its name was Project Battersea. The aim of Project Battersea was to explore how emerging practices in living technology could be used to redevelop redundant structures. Over time the these technologies developed a form of cultivated autonomy, as new forms of space were carved and grown into the fabric of the building forming a symbiotic juxtaposition. A network of surrealist interfaces allowed for engagement and cultural exchange between man, technology & nature.

Description
This project examines how new architectural spaces could be cultivated, grown and brought to life using living technologies. The project is realised through the construction of a short film in which a character, alienated from a world of steel and glass sets about creating an arcadian world within the derelict shell of Battersea Power Station.

The scientist, Oliver Deuce, is employed to oversee and document the preservation of the power station, although as the work progress he becomes obsessed with the process of growth and decay taking place, using time lapse photography to maintain a detailed record of the gradual transformation of the building. This obsession grows and he begins to experiment, growing and nurturing new spaces and landscapes over time. After many years he has harboured the growth of exotic arbouritums, acoustic follies, enchanted forests and even his own mausoleum as he seeks to realise his perfect world. Long after the scientist's death, occupants trapped by the ordered lifestyle of the glass towers of New Battersea find hidden pleasures within the chaos of this anarchic landscape.

The character is loosely based on Ferdinand Cheval, an eccentric frenchman who spent thirty years constructing his Palais Id éal.
Fields
Architecture, Film, Animation
Date
2011