Witherford Watson Mann on Cedric Price's Bathat: Battersea Power Station, c. 1990
Message----- From: William Mann Sent: 17 January 2019 19:22 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: Stephen Witherford; William Mann; Philippa Battye Subject: Bathat
We tried to reach you by phone
but gather you are still in East Grinstead. So we are sending some drawings
instead, hope you are able to open the files ok.
There are a number of
issues we wanted to get your views on, in particular the theatre and the
'chimney room', but also proposals for the sports pitch and the floor.
- Theatre: the Festival
Trust are very insistent about the horseshoe balcony, there are various
advantages in terms of acoustics and contact between audience and performers.
Our feeling was that the whole thing is big enough and ugly enough to tolerate
a bit of old school theatrical intimacy. At least they're not suggesting gilt
and mirrors (yet...). If our budget is eroded any more it’ll be no seats and
cushions on the floor – which mightn’t be the worst thing.
- The main question in
terms of the 'chimney room' seems to be its relation to the stair and lifts
which sensibly belong in that corner. We're proposing that the stair tacks off
on the level below, to give it a wider berth. What do you think?
- In terms of the sports
pitch, we've sketched out a new enclosure, based on something Philippa cycled
past when she was in Spain (yes, really). We think it's quite elegant, do you?
In any case, we certainly share your view that the previous version was very
- The contractors have
done a sample of the asphalt, which feels like it's pretty much what we
discussed - quite oily and beachy - like a river bank with a carboniferous
slick. They want you to sign it off before they go any further - when do you
think you can make it up to site?
The residents have
started moving in to the new flats, and have already started complaining about
the rehearsals and public access warm-up events. Having been promised
spectacular views and with heavy implications of exclusivity in the marketing
CGIs, their anxieties are on the rise about their towering (read overlooking?)
neighbour. You'd think no one told them about Bathat before they bought. One
very large net curtain should do the job – it’s just a question where it goes…
We have tested all the
above in the model, which we hope you find encouraging, if you can tear
yourself away from EG to come and see us. In the meantime, we attach a slightly
Looking forward to
hearing what you think.
Stephen, Chris and
Battersea Power Station: Leonard Pearce, J . Theo Halliday, Giles Gilbert Scott Bathat: Cedric Price Battersea masterplan: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Bathat public realm and new theatre: Witherford Watson Mann Architects Model: Philippa Battye and Witherford Watson Mann Architects
Click here to see a larger view of Witherford Watson Mann's model alongside Cedric Price's red crayon sketch. Click here to see a full list of participants, and here to return to the curatorial statement, along with a slide show.