Single Family Residence, San Francisco, CA
A new residence in the Cow Hollow area, one block from the San Francisco Presidio. The owners had previously worked with another designer on a building that was bitterly opposed by the neighborhood association, resulting in a two year delay. We were initially asked to redesign the façade in order to gain neighborhood approval. We eventually redesigned the building completely to match more closely the clean simple tastes of the owners. Our design was enthusiastically approved in one neighborhood meeting.
San Francisco houses are generally built from lot line to lot line, leaving the front and rear facades, and possibly small light wells, as the only areas of natural lighting. In order to introduce light into the center of the building two large skylights are introduced, one adjacent to the centrally located stairway, and the other over a two story space above the dining area.