Residential Architecture Tour: San Francisco, Part 2

By November 6, 2013Practice


The Kentfield Residence | Kentfield, CA Architect: Eric Haesloop, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

I appreciated the integration of this house to the site and landscape.  The linear shape of the house seemed to harmonize with the slope of the site while providing great views to the mountainous landscape and the Bay area.  The landscape details were not overdone and had a loose feel to them.

Drive approach

Retaining wall with vegetation and glass panel garage doors

Landscape pavers and terraced steps

An interior courtyard with a lap pool gives protection from the wind and provides northern light to the living spaces.

 Landscape paver and gravel detail

A one-eighth inch reveal detail is consistent throughout the house… from the ceilings to the doorjambs and baseboard.

Zero Cottage | Mission District, San Francisco    Architect: David Baker Architects
Located in a developing art district, this LEED Platinum project consists of residences, a wood shop and a storefront.

The front facade was mainly left in its original condition.

Aluminum and glass facade detail

                  Breezeway into courtyard/communal bike storage

 Courtyard facade of lower level woodshop and two-level residence above, clad in various shiny metal panels

 Circular steel stair to second residence

View into courtyard and second residence

Alternating tread stair to upper level & rooftop

Kitchen with stainless steel tool bench and floating shelves


Gallery House | South Park, San Francisco, CA Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

I really liked the minimal detailing on this house and the way it provided both privacy and openness to the city.  The lower level contains an art gallery with frosted floor-to-ceiling glass panels at the street facade.  The two upper levels house a residence with a back alley patio and rooftop garden.

Front facade

Open steel stair with floating risers

Glass shower with skylight

                            12 ft tall sliding glass doors with curtains

Sawtooth skylight above stair

Succulent garden on rooftop terrace