Gallery: San Francisco’s Solar “Mission: House” is a High-Tech Marvel

Photo by Mike Chino, © Inhabitat
Nestled at the base of Twin Peaks, San Francisco's Mission District sees more sunlight than most other areas of the city -- even throughout the region's notoriously foggy summers, pervasive coastal clouds spill around the sides of the peaks to afford the area a broad swath of sunlight. Interstice Architects' Mission: House capitalizes on this available solar resource with a highly experimental design that synthesizes translucent front and back façades, smart passive solar strategies, and a 4kW solar array that regularly produces more energy than the home consumes. We had a chance to check out this amazing home during this year's AIASF Living: Home Tours - read on for an exclusive look!

Designed as a test lab for innovative building strategies, the Mission: House showcases a wide range of experimental materials, systems, and construction techniques. The home’s entrance is emblazoned with a “greenskin” made up of recycled glazed windows assembled together into a multifaceted façade. The units were sourced from local reclamation yards and are layered to create striking visual effect.

The rear of the building is capped with a two-story translucent facade made of thermal plastics similar to those used in greenhouses. Although the translucent polycarbonate panels offer little insulation value, their south-facing orientation mitigates this heat loss while providing tons of daylighting throughout the day.


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  1. website September 23, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Agree 100%

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