This year’s AIA Homes Tours was all about creating open space, inviting in light, and implementing subtractive, rather than additive, gestures for modern living in historic San Francisco homes. Consistent with these themes, John Lum Architecture reconfigured the St. Germain Residence to unify the interior spaces, both horizontally and vertically, and flood the interior with light. The result is a refreshing look at mid-century references with a playful use of color and dramatic views of the San Francisco Bay. We recently toured the home as part of the AIA SF's Architecture and the City Festival - hit the jump to see our exclusive photos of this stunning residence.
While the exterior remains true to its original form, simple modern elements hint at new life brewing inside. The terraced landscaping literally spills out of the completely remodeled basement, which now boasts an ample den, study, guest suite, and wine cellar.
Lum informed us that three existing elements inspired the new design. These include an original 1950s slotted wood light fixture, the classic modern terrazzo faced fireplace, and the original solid wood front door. As Lum explained, remodeling an existing house is often about “reinterpreting vessels” for a new spirit. By playing off existing elements and staying true to the home’s historic integrity, Lum laid the groundwork for a budding modern family in this home.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat