Perched on the face of a cliff in the Forest Hill Heights neighborhood, this contemporary house for a retired couple consists of two, rectangular boxes unified by a transparent, bridging element. The cliff-top, cul-de-sac site is surrounded by houses with traditional mansard roofs, making this home a counter point to the neighborhood. The modern lines of the differentiated volumes of the house, one a cedar wood box and the other a cement board box, serve to define the public and the private portions of the house.
The approach to the building is marked by a tall light scoop over the painting studio that reaches up to capture the northern light, ideal for the art studio. The private wood box has windows oriented to the morning eastern light, while the public cement board box has windows oriented to the evening western light. The transparent, primarily glass bridge that links the two boxes, contains an art gallery, entry way, dining room, and an exercise room all of which are open to a spectacular view.
Location / Year
San Francisco, CA, 2001
Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP
De Witt Brock Melissa Szpik-Serrao Jay Serrao Brooks Dunn
Micheal Young Kristen Wogen Sherin Yuan Jorn Johannsen
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