Redevelopment Starts at Closed Power Plant in San Francisco
The ground breaking for Dogpatch Power Station took place, marking the start of site work for the mixed-use project designed in collaboration with Adamson Associates Inc. Power Station, an extension of the Dogpatch neighborhood that will create thousands of new homes for San Francisco, honor its industrial past, and reconnect the community with the San Francisco Bay waterfront, has officially broken ground in a ceremony led by Mayor London N Breed. Catalyzed by the revitalization of a decommissioned power station in San Francisco, the project will create a new mixed-use sustainable neighborhood with seven acres of parkland and open space, new homes, hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops, creating a vibrant new waterfront district and reconnecting it with the rest of the city for the first time in over a century and a half.
The former industrial site is bounded by the Dogpatch neighborhood on one side and the waterfront on the other. The overall masterplan for the area aims to stitch the site with the existing neighborhood, reconnecting people with the waterfront, and reenergizing the site with much needed homes, parks, and jobs. The practice has designed two residential-led mixed-use buildings at the heart of the site, which seek to recreate an inclusive and diverse live/work community that includes affordable housing.
Inspired by the traditional courtyards and alleyways in the area, the buildings are arranged around a central open space at ground level, lined with neighborhood retail and local amenities such as day-care centers and parcel delivery areas. Pedestrian and cycle routes meander through these spaces, creating new connections with the surrounding areas. With several shared social spaces and co-working areas, the lower floors of the buildings are envisaged as a hive of activity throughout the day.
The design is based on a series of interconnected two-story elements within a modular organizational grid that allows for complete flexibility – both spatially and programmatically – coming together as a dynamic assembly of stepped blocks. The apartments have been carefully designed to maximize fresh air, natural light and access to the green landscaped terraces that travel up through the building. The new neighborhood park is connected both visually and physically with the garden roof terraces overlooking the bay.
The reinvention of the Power Station will bring new life to a significant building from the city’s colorful past and will anchor this area as a destination on the San Francisco waterfront. With the adaptive reuse of Station A, we are building on our experience in transforming historical structures including Tate Modern in London, Caixaforum in Madrid and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. We are honored to continue our work in the Bay area and look forward to realizing this important project.