During this year’s AIA SF Home Tours we visited a number of noteworthy projects whose site history illustrates the ever evolving neighborhoods of San Francisco, as they shift between eras. Along these lines, this single family home on Shotwell Street was formerly a dry cleaners, then a WWII munitions depot, then rumored to be the practice studios of local band Faith No More, before Todd Davis Architecture transformed its bunker-like concrete shell into a peaceful haven in the middle of San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District.
Inspired by homes in Southeast Asia, the client desired a secluded residence and interior court within the building's barrack-esque street front façade.
The remaining concrete half shell in the middle of the lot provides protection for an open-air room looking onto the lawn.
Architect Todd Davis cut the middle structure in half, leaving a concrete half shell overlooking a sun-filled interior lawn.
New Cedar siding provides warmth next to the existing concrete shell.
At the time of its foreclosure in 2011, the property had three separate structures on the lot: a garage, a middle studio, and a rear residence, with not-to-code former renovations.
The stump of a maple tree was uncovered on site and became an inspired tree root ‘chandelier’ inside the concrete patio shell.
A future addition is planned over the existing garage structure that lines the street.
The contractor, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders, noted several advantages to retaining the grandfathered non-conforming rear structure, so the design concept focused on remodeling the interior.
Tile from Heath Ceramics lines the kitchen backsplash.
The unleveled floors were replaced and sealed to be more kid and elderly friendly, as well as functional for a robotic vacuum.
The platform bed lifts up to provide access to storage space beneath.
The material palate combines cleaned up original sandblasted concrete, corrugated metal and new Cedar siding wrapping the façade, walkway, and canopy over the main residence.