Revealing the Historical Central Waterfront for Future Residents
A century ago, this station powered San Francisco’s electrical grid, enabling it to grow into the city it is today. Decades after being decommissioned, the industrial site is being redesigned as an activated mixed-use waterfront, serving a new generation in a newly developed neighborhood. Anchored by a one-acre waterfront park, the site features over 6 acres of parks and open space, a boutique hotel adapted from a former steam power facility, and community-serving restaurants, cafes, shops, and stores, all coming together to create a new San Francisco neighborhood along the waterfront. The design preserves the neighborhood’s heritage and historic structures through the reuse of the Power Station’s exhaust stack, conversion of its power block into a hotel, and creative adaptations of massive former industrial structures. As a model for community engagement and transparency, the Power Station is a resilient maritime destination that will provide jobs, economic development, housing, public recreation, and critical elements for the sustainability of the city.
The design at the power station responds to past and future conditions – from the layered landscape that responds to the character of the site to draw historical inspiration to the open spaces that prepare for the threats of climate change through water recycling, stormwater management, ecosystem improvement, and meaningful carbon sequestration. These new spaces are created for flexibility in future uses, indoor/outdoor connection, and collaboration. The result is innovative architecture, infrastructure, and landscape design that works together for multi-generational possibilities.