in progress
San Francisco, CA

Situated on Russian Hill in San Francisco, two residences proposed for the site will reclaim a degraded urban setting. The site slopes steeply upwards from the street and is currently occupied by the ruins of a failed development project that started during the dot com boom in the early 1990’s. The two new houses reflect and respect the pattern of development on this block of Lombard Street. The streetfront house has a façade that references the local vernacular architecture and simultaneously interprets the form in a contemporary vocabulary. The remaining fenestration of the three other facades is designed to control and contour the daylight that enters the interior of the house. The rear house, or cottage, uses a similar strategy as the streetfront house and has a rooftop garden to take advantage of the panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and Presidio Park. The buildings volumes reflect and amplify the steeply graded site, as the site inclines away from street, the buildings step up the site. This site strategy allows for both houses to have extensive views and controlled exposure to daylight. The interior of the houses were planned to expand outward through landscaping and large expansive windows toward the light and views to the north.

(with the Office of Charles F. Bloszies)