Designed and built for a young man in San
Francisco’s Mission neighborhood, this home needed to meet his current desire
to have a bachelor pad while being able to evolve into a family residence as he
grew older. This meant building flexibility
into the arrangement and enclosure of rooms.
The billiards room and cigar lounge could be converted into bedrooms
while the ground floor apartment could later become an office.
The house also needed to relate to the
neighboring buildings visually while embracing a decidedly non-Victorian
appearance. This was achieved by
layering the façade with a large projecting bay window clad in zinc panels, a
recessed, stacked porch wrapped in wood siding and a tall, thin stucco stair
The focus of the house, however, is the central
living space with its dramatic stair and catwalk elements. The stair rises three stories and is built of
visually light blackened steel. The catwalk
connects the lounge to one of the front balconies. The space is covered with a series of
dramatic arching trusses.
with Zack | de Vito Architecture