International firm, Herzog & de Meuron has begun construction to transform an abandoned power station built in the 20th century, located in the Dogpatch neighbourhood in San Francisco.
The refurbishment of the decommissioned powerplant, also known as ‘Station A’ that once supplied power to the city of San Francisco, will convert it into office and workspaces. The project is being carried out in collaboration with local office of Adamson Associates Architects.
Developed by Associate Capital, the 29-acres masterplan aims to reconnect people to the waterfront along the Dogpatch neighbourhood.
The project comprises of 2600 residences, 1.6 million square feet of workspace and 100,000 square feet of new commercial spaces, connecting them all with the rest of the city for the first time in over a century and a half.
“The platforms which once supported machinery for power generation will house gathering spaces overlooking the open Turbine Hall,” said the architects.
The new masterplan will connect the neighbourhood to the San Francisco Bay, while honouring the city’s industrial past. The adaptive re-use of the brick structure will largely retain the turbine hall space while a new light-weight structure will be added on top, supported by the massive concrete turbine foundations.
The design also includes shading louvers and external opening to improve the natural ventilation inside the structure to reduce the need for artificial cooling. This sustainable development in the heart of Dogpatch will reconnect the area that was cut off from the rest of the city for almost 165 years.
Previously, Foster+Partners had also released plans to develop two mixed-use towers as part of the development which you can read here.
Project: Power Station, San Francisco Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Jason Frantzen (Partner in Charge), Simon Demeuse Project Team: Maximilian Beckenbauer (Associate, Project Director), Ryan Cole (Project Manager), Marion Achach, Alessandro Arcangeli, Iwona Boguslawska, Carly Dean, Josh Ehrlich, Ahmed Fetahu, Carly Gertler, Ciarán Grogan, Josh Helin, Brandon Lawry, Richard Nelson-Chow Concept Phase: Maximilian Beckenbauer (Associate, Project Director), Ryan Cole (Project Manager), Bruno de Almeida Martins, Carla Ferrando, Brandon Lawry, David Goncalves Monteiro, Richard Nelson-Chow, Alexander Pearson, Matteo Zapparoli Client: California Barrel Company LLC, San Francisco, CA, USA Design Consultant: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland Executive Architect: Adamson Associates, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, USA Site Area: 4366 sq.m. Gross Floor Area (GFA): 39,948 sq.m. Footprint: 33 x 132 metres
The practice has designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. Many projects are highly recognized public facilities, such as museums, stadiums, and hospitals, and they have completed distinguished private projects including offices, laboratories and apartment buildings. Awards received include the Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK), the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007, and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (USA) in 2014.