Power Plants Architecture



More or less dangerous, but necessary, old or new, power plants like any other buildings are able to tell a story of the past centuries or give us a perspective on of the future. Recently I received from Reinfried Marass a beautiful picture of Austria’s oldest hydro-electrical power plant. You can see it below, followed by pictures of other power stations around the world.

African beauty – South African coal power plant in Soweto providing power for the city of Johannesburg.

Copyright © Bob Blake

Copyright © Mark Turner

Nuclear Pacific – Diablo Canyon, nuclear power plant built on a gorgeous expanse of California Coast next to a beautiful state park.

Copyright © emdot

Source: African American Environmentalist Association

Sweet as a candy – Spittelau thermal plant in Vienna painted by one of the most famous Austrian artists of the 20th century, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Siemens

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Copyright © H. Lohninger

From inactive power plant to vibrant public space – Glenwood waterfront and power plant regeneration project combining ” playful and innovative design with dynamic local community input”; from power plant to multi-use complex.

Source: e-architect

Sun shining for future – an impressive project for green energy and the first commercial solar power station in Europe (Seville, Spain); a gigantic, 40 story concrete tower surrounded by fields of photovoltaic panels.

Underwater world – Power-generating buoys capable to harnesses wave energy from 50 meters below the surface.

Source: NewScientist

Old Georgia – Old Georgia Power Hydro-Electric Plant at Hurrican Shoals, a two generator plant turned into a corn mill.

Copyright © Robert LZ

The Powerhouse – The inspiration for the Conservancy and its flagship campaign, the Hudson and Manhattan Powerhouse is an industrial age masterpiece. Built between 1906 and 1908, the nine story Romanesque Revival structure powered the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, now known as the PATH train.  With the construction of the Powerhouse, for the first time people could travel between New York and New Jersey directly by rail on the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad.

Copyright © Steve Kelley, Source: mudpig on flickr

Lisbon wonders – Serpa, the largest photovoltaic solar power plant situated in Portugal, located roughly 125 miles south of Lisbon on a hillside pasture covered with olive trees. The solar power plant, which boasts 52,000 photovoltaic modules and cost around $75 million, has 11MW of installed power capacity.

Floating in the ocean3mw ocean power plant

Source: The Sietch Blog

Sterling solar dish – part of a proposed solar farm that when done will result in a massive, 4,500-acre solar generating station in Southern California, 70 miles north west of Los Angeles.

Steam igloo – not a real igloo, but a small part of an Iceland geothermal power station (Reykjavik).

Copyright © jenschmen

Old vs New – “Swan Falls Dam is along the Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation area. They point out in the signs that the old historic power plant sits right next to the smaller, more efficient modern one. But the old one certainly looks much better.” Source: terriem

Copyright © Terrie Miller

Old vs New – Sizewell A (left) nuclear power station in Suffolk, eastern England, one of the world’s two oldest commercial nuclear power stations; Sizewell B domed, modern building (right) – UK’s most modern nuclear power station that has been supplying 3% of the country’s electricity for a decade.

Copyright © scottgr

Washington old power station

Hidden by nature – upstate NY power plant in fall.

Copyright © Vic Garcia

Art Nouveau ghosts – Hydroelectric Power Plant Taccani (1906), architect Gaetano Moretti – Trezzo sull’Adda (Milan)

Copyright © ilConte

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Biggest disaster – Chernobyl reactor after the the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, a ghost town and thousands of lives destroyed.



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She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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14 Responses to “Power Plants Architecture”

  1. Ah … Austria is featured several times … great, I appreciate it !

    Austria has a lot of water (this fact is also stated in our national hymn). Rivers and lakes (no sea) and many hydroelectrical power plants. This makes Austria independent from nuclear power plants.

    (infamous austrian artist of the 21th century)

  2. Oh, some of these are beautiful! I particularly like the Milanese dam.

    For another old-vs-new comparison, Sizewell A and B (nuclear plants in Britain) are worth a look. A, now shut down, is a large, very ugly, brown box. B is a really quite interesting-looking building with a pretty white dome on top.

  3. thanks… I added them 😉

  4. this is a good write up abt power plants. good compilation of photos too. keep it up!

  5. Wow, I’m so used to the ugly brick and metal monstrositites near me that I never realized there were such cool power plants around the world. Even the smileys would be better thna what we have here.

  6. I was amazed what I could find when I was searching for them… the ones near my city are also really really ugly….

  7. it is very intresting to for me such pictures.

  8. its amazing! power plant architecture is really amazing and would love to learn more about it..

  9. Wider sense of creativity. Really nice. Doesn’t seem like power plant.

    Vaibhav Satpute

  10. i love those place thats so cool

  11. phsyco! man

  12. The power plant in Seville, Spain is not photovoltaic, but rather solar thermal. Photovoltaic cells absorb the suns energy and convert it to electricity. The panels you see at Seville reflect the suns energy to the tower, where a steam turbine produces electricity.
    Here is an article with more pictures and information.

  13. Thank you, CB. It seems my sources were not that good. 😉

  14. You site is amazing. I was facinated with all of it.

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