I loved this building from the very first second I saw it. Today I saw it from close by.
And I see it often, my train passes it every day. It is without a doubt, the most beautiful ugly building in London, with Tate Modern being a good number 2. It still is powerful (once being a powerstation), it is huge, it is in decay, and the 4 chimneys look beautiful, both in rain, in morning light and in the evening catching the last rays of sunshine when I pass it on my way home. They can be seen from far away.
I have long wanted to see it from close by, but since it is on the edge of breaking down, the area surrounding it was closed, until about a week ago. Before they are going to transfer this fantastic building into something that Slartibartfast himself could have designed they were opening up the powerstation to the public. A last chance to see the building before it is changed into a most amazing science fiction like area. It was great to see this old building in the state it is today, but I look very much forward to the SF version too, it looks fantastic.
(The people that did the Sydney Opera House are going to manage this project, and did a part of the design too).
If you happened to have seen Children of Men you could have seen a future (heavily CGI manipulated) version of the Powerstation in the film.
There was a kind of art gallery thing going on in the building too, with Chinese video art, and some other weirdish things. But the biggest piece of art was the building itself, and if you are in London before the 6th of November, you might want to have a look. ?5 entrance.
(Take the tube to Vauxhall and walk a part of the Thames Path to get there. If you are lazy, take the bus to Battersea).
Here is one of my favourite pictures from today, which also show how huge the building really is.