This home and gallery, built in the heart of San Francisco, is an aesthetically enriching environment that makes good use of natural resources. Designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects to showcase the owner’s art collection, the building is centered around a sawtooth light shaft that offers tremendous daylighting characteristics. A green roof deck and fully opening walls provide access to the outdoors in a dense urban neighborhood.
The space is compact but open and inviting, and it makes full use of the urban infill lot. Of paramount importance for displaying art, a sawtooth roof faces north to capture the soft light. The multi-use space is organized around a stairwell that also act as a light shaft for the living space. Taking advantage of the mild Bay Area weather, the windows open to regulate the interior climate conditions naturally with ample cross ventilation. Temperature regulation is supplemented by radiant floor heating. Movable walls at both the street side and back of the space make it highly adaptable.
A green roof and deck on the top extend the gallery and living space while adding biodiversity and absorbing rain. The home’s aesthetic is enhanced by the unique stepping stones and rock sculpture. Speaking about the façade of the house, the architects say “the orthogonal framework dissolves and reassembles to emulate the organic morphology of the tree-filled park … this swollen threshold resulted from an exhaustive taxonomy of parametric interpretations of the Planning Code constraints for allowable projections that trigger the typical San Francisco bay window.” We think that means the tree-inspired façade meets SF building code, and looks great.
Photos Tim Griffith