A triumph of engineering, built on a scale never before seen, Lots Road Power Station was a cathedral of the industrial age, distinguished by its muscle and imposing architectural form.
洛茲路發電廠(Lots Road Power Station)見證建築工程史上的輝煌成就，規模宏大前所未見，結構堅固、氣勢磅礡。
Lots Road Power Station wasn’t just a Chelsea landmark, it was the driving force behind the rapid expansion of modern London.
Designed by American engineer James Russell Chapman, Lots Road Power Station was a 20th-century architectural star. Its two halls were clad in rich red brick and framed by four towering chimneys – the tallest in Europe when built, soaring 275 feet over the river Thames below.
The building’s brick elevations were punctured by vast, elegant arched windows, allowing natural light to penetrate into the cavernous depths of the huge structure. A band of raised circles ran along the building, just under the roof line – a final architectural flourish, on what is now celebrated as a proto-modernist masterpiece.
Often described as the “design grandfather” of Battersea Power Station, Lots Road Power Station was one of the first steel-frame buildings in the British Isles, wrought from nearly 6,000 tonnes of steel. The station consumed a staggering 700 tonnes of coal each day, ferried by river barges.
For almost a century, Lots Road Power Station generated electricity to power London’s Underground network, keeping the capital moving even during the Blitz of the Second World War. It provided the essential fuel for the city to grow into the thriving metropolis it is today, fanning new networks of connections between people and places.
London Transport posters attest to the extraordinary role Lots Road Power Station has played in energising and uplifting the capital. One describes the station as “the moving spirit of London”, while another likens its formidable switchboard – which controlled 450,000 units of current each day – to “the modern Jupiter, hurling his lightning”.
洛茲路發電廠由美國工程師 James Russell Chapman 設計，是二十世紀的星級建築。發電廠樓高275尺，兩個大堂以紅磚舖設，四座煙囪高聳而立，昂然雄踞泰晤士河畔，為當時歐洲最高建築物。
洛茲路發電廠常被形容為巴特西發電廠(Battersea Power Station)的「設計之源」，更是英倫諸島其中一個最早期的鋼結構建築，由將近六千噸鋼材組成。發電廠燃煤發電能力驚人，每天可燃燒由駁船經泰晤士河運送的七百噸煤炭。
One of the most historic and iconic London landmarks, and the last of the city’s three power stations to be redeveloped, Lots Road Power Station was born of a noble purpose to power the movement of a growing population. An extraordinary place, once alive with industry and buzzing with invention, now stirs back into life, realising its destiny as an even more extraordinary place to live – an exclusive residential address with a proud historic past.