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San Francisco Living: Home Tours

Potrero Hill Home

Sidell Pakravan Architects

The 19th street residence, a major renovation to the owner’s unit on the 3rd floor of a San Francisco apartment building that includes a penthouse addition, explores the insertion of two volumes into the space and how these volumes setup a relationship between form, program, and urban context. One volume controls vertical movement through the space, while a second defines the main living area and breaks through the ceiling to create a large interior room on the roof. The reading of the two volumes registers as a material difference between the insertions and the surrounding perimeter. A deep built-in bookcase on one edge and a solid wood island on the other edge emphasizes the volumes’ figural, rather than planar, quality. A direct visual relationship with the city is embraced in the project by orienting the volumes parallel to San Francisco’s skyline, increasing aperture sizes, and removing dated ornamentation from the roof. Views framed on the main level by the wood figure transform into an open view on the penthouse as a large aperture opens completely to dissolve the relationship between interior and exterior.

Photo Credit: © Laurian Ghinitoiu