Battersea Power Station, derelict for more than 30 years, has been called a graveyard of architectural visions. Christopher Turner visits the practices responsible for some of these fantastical, unrealised schemes – by John Outram, Nicholas Grimshaw, Ron Arad and Terry Farrell – and talks to Wilkinson Eyre about its latest ideas
In this issue we asked architects and designers to share the projects that never made it off the drawing board. We also look at the many schemes that have been proposed for Battersea Power Station. We revisit Frei Otto’s 1970 plan for a domed city in the Arctic, and there’s a short history of vapourware – computer products that were prototyped and hyped, but never went into production.
Solitary, decaying and useless, London’s favourite derelict building stands proud and aloof amid legal wranglings, property speculation and the soulless transformation of its surroundings. For the “Ruins” issue, we made Battersea Power Station our Icon of the Month.