AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view.

Homes were open on either Saturday, September 20 or Sunday, September 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Throughout the weekend, tour participants saw some of the city’s latest residential projects from the inside out, met design teams, explored housing trends, and discovered innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Thank you for attending AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design’s 2014 San Francisco Living: Home Tours weekend. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey – your feedback is important and will help us plan for future tours. We hope you enjoyed your visits to some of San Francisco’s most unique modern residences and look forward to seeing you again next September.


1333 Minna Workshop

1333 Minna Street, San Francisco
September 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 21, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Inside 1333 Minna Workshop Tours
September 20, 9:30 am and 10:30 am
September 21, 9:30 am
First come, first served.

Designers from INTERSTICE Architects will lead limited architectural tours of 1333 Minna Workshop during the Home Tours weekend.

INTERSTICE Architects designed 1333 Minna Workshop as a minimalist “open-ended” event space for an avid maker-client and his creative partners to experiment. Located in the central Mission this simple plywood tube serves as a hybrid space for office and workshop all organized around a single three level vertical service core of reclaimed myrtle wood. The unencumbered volume integrates circulation, aperture, glazing and high performance systems to prioritize flexibility and future change. Image © Cesar Rubio



Douglass Park

Azevedo Design

Azevedo Design renovated their client’s home from a compartmentalized 1970s design to one that highlights volume and light. The main living space is a long rectangle stretching from a front deck overlooking cypresses to a two level patio with a view of the bay. Image © Cesar Rubio

Noe Valley


FittyWun House

Feldman Architecture

FittyWun House reflects the playful, sometimes overly spirited personalities of the clients – a couple with three active young boys. Nooks and clever storage solutions allow the great room, a place for cooking, eating, working, and playing, to be the household hub without clutter. Image © Joe Fletcher

Cole Valley


Elizabeth Street Residence

Malcolm Davis Architecture

To accommodate the needs of a growing family, the young parents of two sought to add a third story to their existing home and create a warm, modern space by capturing natural light and breaking down the house’s dated “formal” boundaries and limited sense of connection and flow. Image © Paul Dyer

Noe Valley


Noe House

Studio VARA

A research scientist with an eye for detail approached Studio VARA with a modest vision to transform a 1908 Noe Valley cottage into a cohesive modern dwelling with an enclosed garage in a neighborhood with tough parking and create an organized space for a sprawling collection of wine. Image © Bruce Damonte

Noe Valley


SteelHouse 1 and 2

Zack | de Vito Architecture and Construction

SteelHouse 1 and 2 is an exploration in maximizing the density of urban infill housing in an already dense city to create small, but spatially dynamic and efficient spaces with a standard palette of materials and hand-crafted details. Image © Bruce Damonte

Noe Valley



Private Residence 1

Garcia Tamjidi Architects

Designed for a couple whose hobby is racing motorcycles and setting world land speed records, this flat becomes a private retreat from an adrenaline charged lifestyle. Originally a two bedroom, one and a half bath condominium, the floor plan was stripped of all but utilitarian necessities. Image © Joe Fletcher



Buena Vista Residence

George Bradley Architecture + Design

Situated on a triangular corner site, the Buena Vista Residence is a well proportioned home that responds to the scale of the neighborhood context. The building’s modern aesthetic is immediately apparent in the two wood-clad volumes connected by a tall glass atrium. Image © Sharon Risedorph

Buena Vista


Rene Cazenave Apartments

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects with Saida + Sullivan Design Partners

As the first new building constructed in the Transbay Redevelopment Area, Rene Casenave Apartments replaces a former freeway off-ramp and parking lot with innovative permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals who have physical and mental disabilities. Image © Tim Griffith




Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

Located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, an existing 1920’s cast-in-place concrete parking garage is converted into seven condominiums and a small retail space. In addition to a complete interior renovation, a new penthouse is added with panoramic Golden Gate Bridge views. Image © Tim Griffith

Russian Hill


Shotwell House

Todd Davis Architecture

Reimagined as a quiet retreat on a mixed-use Mission block, this former munitions depot was transformed into a single family residence by reworking existing forms. A bunker-like concrete structure was cut in half to form a covered patio that opens onto a new central courtyard. Image © Mark Luthringer




AIA Member
General Admission
September 2 – September 19
September 20 – September 21


Architects’ Forum

September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

$20 General Admission | Included with the purchase of a home tours ticket
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco

Join the participating architects of this year’s San Francisco Living: Home Tours for an educational evening about the overall design and construction process of their project.


Home Tour Docents

Interested in becoming a Home Tour Docent for the 2014 San Francisco Living: Home Tours? Create a VolunteerHub profile and learn more about volunteer opportunities with AIA San Francisco today!


Questions? Email Karsen Maruca for more information on becoming a volunteer.

About the Tours

AIA San Francisco’s Home Tours series is the first of its kind in the Bay Area to promote a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect’s point of view.

Started in San Francisco in 2003, the annual program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in the region. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area’s latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Bay Area living. AIASF expanded the series to Marin County in 2010.

Tours promote awareness and understanding of excellent design, as well as demonstrate the positive impact of design as it contributes to our economy, environment and community identity. Pre-tour lectures and opportunities to interact with representatives from the design team on the day of the tour provide valuable insight into the design process.

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