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Power station depicted on Pink Floyd’s Animals cover to become luxury housing

on September 03, 2014, 9:05am

Battersea Power Station, the structure famously depicted on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, will soon be torn down and converted into luxury housing, as CNN reports. It’s an ironic end to the London building, which provided the visual accompaniment to the band’s scathing commentary on Britain’s social-political and economic inequality in the late 1970s.

According to CNN, Malaysian developers plan to transform Battersea into a massive complex of luxury villas, retail space, and offices, to be sold at a cost of £2,000 per square foot.

Developers maintain that they’ll be making only “light renovation” as they plan to rebuild the power station’s smokestacks and paint them in the original color. Two of the stacks will be used as flues to generate power to the building. The third will remain hollow with a glass roof, and the fourth will be converted into a viewing platform with a glass elevator. The developer also said they will not paint over any graffiti or “the stains of age.”

Even still, there are many opponents of the plan. Sir Terry Farrell, one of Britain’s most renowned architects, called the rehab “rather sad,” adding, “When you’re inside Battersea Power Station, you won’t know it because the corridors, shops, and apartments will be the same as everywhere else.”

Below, watch a video tour of the Battersea Power Station.

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