Herzog De Meuron refurbishes a decommissioned 20th century brick power station in San Francisco
Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog De Meuron refurbishes a decommissioned 20th century brick power station in San Francisco

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.

Power Plant by Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron
Power Plant by Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron

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.

Power Plant by Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron

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
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 



Established in Basel in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with Senior Partners Christine BinswangerAscan MergenthalerStefan MarbachEsther Zumsteg, and Jason Frantzen. An international team of nearly 500 collaborators including the two Founders, five Senior Partners, ten Partners, and 41 Associates work on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The main office is in Basel with additional offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Berlin and Copenhagen.

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.