Foster + Partner’s San Francisco Power Plant Master Plan leads the way
As part of the development of Dogpatch’s mixed-use waterfront, the extension of the Foster + Partner power station finally paved the way. The master plan will create several new residential, commercial and recreational spaces, honoring its industrial past and reconnecting the community with the San Francisco Bay waterfront. The architectural firm’s proposal for 2 buildings provides the neighborhood with an ideal urban setting to help create a vibrant, healthy and inclusive community.
Foster + Partners has designed two mixed-use residential buildings at the center of the site that offer an inclusive and diverse living / working community. The ground floors of the two buildings are dedicated to shared social spaces and co-working spaces, built around an open central courtyard. The design team set up this central green space in reference to the neighborhood’s traditional courtyards and alleys. Pedestrian and cycle paths are sewn into the masterplan, creating new connections with neighboring areas.
The design of the buildings is based on a series of interconnected two-storey elements and spatial flexibility. A modular organization grid is implemented in the architecture of the two buildings, creating a dynamic assembly of geometries. The apartments have been designed to maximize air circulation, natural light and access to landscaped terraces. These terraces cross the building to reach the roof terraces of the garden which overlook the bay.
Herzog & de Meuron to Convert Former San Francisco Power Plant to Mixed-Use Project
The former industrial site is bordered by the Dogpatch district on one side and the waterfront on the other. The Power Station plan is San Francisco’s largest development project to date and will include housing, retail, office space and outdoor space, creating a new mixed-income neighborhood on the city’s waterfront. . The other buildings in the development are designed by Herzog & de Meuron and LMS Architects.
Foster + Partners recently shared the design of a residential master plan on the outskirts of Bangkok. Titled The Forestias, the project includes a large forest at its heart to address the growing disconnect between contemporary urban life and family traditions. The Forestias proposal focuses on promoting multigenerational family co-living and new models of urban living in Thailand.