Emerging ZNE Museum: Exploratorium

Case Study / December 19, 2015 / Getting to Zero

When the Exploratorium outgrew its old location at the Palace of Fine Arts, the City of San Francisco offered to provide Piers 15 and 17 on its historic waterfront as a larger relocation option for the science museum. After structurally shoring up the historic piers, the design team embarked on transforming the 9-acre site into the Exploratorium’s campus. This included retrofitting the massive Pier 15 shed and constructing a small new structure to house a café and bay observation deck at the end of the pier. The retrofitted shed houses the exhibition spaces as well as a mezzanine level for classrooms, conference rooms and office space.