Battersea Liquidwood Station

Battersea Power Station has been left empty for several decades. Various proposals to develop the site have floundered. This projects takes on this difficult site and asks: how can it make poetic amends for the pollution and CO2 that it emitted as a power station, and provide a powerful new resource for the capital? The answer…

Battersea Liquidwood Station


Photo Voltaic powered fans at the base of each chimney draw air into the new heart of the building. Here CO2 and sunlight is used to feed a mix of specially selected (and possibly GM) micro organisms and algae in tanks, producing an organic sludge: Liquidwood. This sludge is pumped around London, and when combined on-site with a specially designed enzyme, solidifies to produce Sludgecrete, a revolutionary new building material as strong and plastic as concrete, with the environmental credentials of wood. Whereas conventional concrete has a high carbon footprint, Sludgecrete actually takes carbon out of the atmosphere and ties it up in buildings.

The proposal is an example of the the ability and need for architects to imagine, specify and demand sustainable near future materials and technologies. This project started as a speculative ideas proposal. However discussions with some research biologists suggest that the project is indeed viable, and so we now consider it a live research project. We are looking for biologists and materials scientists to partner us for future research funding bids… interested individuals should contact

Intellectual Property rights associated with the names ‘Liquidwood’ and ‘Sludgecrete’ remain with WAG Architecture Ltd.

NB An exclusive article containing images of Battersea Liquidwood Station will be appearing soon on Dark Roasted Blend

1 Comment so far

  1. ralph February 20th, 2008 8:20 pm

    look, i perfectly understand how dificul the whole plot with battersea power station is on is causing so much difficulty, but the idea that is proposed there is a genuinely good one, but it seems so weird to use an iconic power station for wood, wouldn’t it be better to turn it into a museum paying homeage to this piece of remarkable architecture? not a liquid wood factory thing