Riverlight

Completed: 2010 Artist: Kate Davis & David Moore, Peter Newman, Simon & Tom Bloor
Partners: Gillespies, MDM Props, Millimetre, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Royal College of Art Location: Nine Elms, London
Services: Cultural Placemaking, Residential, Strategy

Riverlight is a residential-led mixed-use development on a five-acre industrial estate close to Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the River Thames. Sixty per cent of the land is public open space, which led to the development of a playable concept for the public landscape design. In partnership with the landscape architects Gillespies, the artists Simon & Tom Bloor were commissioned and developed proposals for a sculptural rock outcrop and a ‘felled’ full-size bronze tree. Multiple stone structures scattered through the landscape provide stepping stones and seats. The artists Kate Davis and David Moore were also commissioned and used water, light and polished steel to provide reflective interventions across the landscape which are hidden and revealed at different times of day and different seasons. The artist Peter Newman designed Skystation (an aluminium circular seat based on Corbusier’s Chaise Longue LC4), which offers upwards of 12 people a place to recline and look at the sky.

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