San Francisco, California
For the design of a two-family house on a rare vacant lot in San Francisco, S&A explored varied relationships between the ground and the sky. The site is narrow and steeply sloped with breathtaking vistas of the city and bay. Our design threads together disparate experiences of the site, connecting a split level arrangement of front and rear rooms with a bridge-like stair. Beside the stair the building volume is carved away to enable the rear rooms - and neighboring dwellings - to take advantage of the views. The strategy complements the exterior spectacle with interior vistas created as a sequence of surprises. The house is simultaneously other-worldly and a part of its neighborhood.
Photography: Gustav Liliequist