One of London, England’s most iconic landmarks, Battersea Power Station, will open its doors for the first time in almost 40 years on Friday, after a huge redevelopment project. With Starbucks taking pride of place in the next era of its history with our new store inside the distinctive building.
Battersea Power Station itself was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, one of the most prominent architects of the day (and also responsible for Britain’s red telephone boxes), with the Starbucks store taking inspiration from the Art Deco elements and industrial legacy of the building. The concept is intended as a modern and refined evolution of this idea, leaning on the industrial aesthetic which is visible through the raw shell of our unit.
Looking to the industrial elements within for inspiration, alongside the mechanical accents coffee remains at the core of the store design. We intentionally honed into our coffee legacy and the human connection which remains central to our brand with an illuminated, sweeping overhead canopy, a roasting curve feature that reflects our bean-to-cup journey and highlights the theatre of our coffee bar.
Putting focus on the equipment, romanticising the machinery and mechanical elements, the store, located proudly at the grand entrance of Turbine A is a showcase of Starbucks coffee story, steeped in history.