Created by Herzog & de Meuron, the design for the Powerhouse Workshop reimagines the 113-year-old power plant to create a new contemporary art center that meets the multidisciplinary needs of artists it serves. Built in 1903 in Romanesque Revival style by Thomas E. Murray, the Power Station originally consisted of two parts: the Turbine Hall, which housed the dynamo and engines, and the Boiler House to the north, which contained the furnaces and coal storage. In 1950, the power station was decommissioned, the Boiler House demolished, and the site subsequently abandoned.
Herzog & de Meuron’s design transforms the site including the renovation of the existing Turbine Hall and the reconstruction of the adjacent Boiler House building. The building will allow for flexible workshop configurations, exhibition spaces, as well as community space for research and exchange.
Key features of the new design include:
- Space for fabrication shops in five materials: wood, metal, printmaking, ceramics, and textiles.
- An open forum for public programming, which will transform the iconic uppermost floor of the Turbine Hall into a gathering place for site-specific installations, rotating exhibitions, and flexible project space for artistic experimentation, staging, and collaboration.
- A materials library and archive that provides access to material samples as well as digital and print resources on fabrication processes and techniques for Powerhouse staff, members, and the broader community.
PBDW Architects is executive architect on this project.