Peter’s House by Craig Steely Architecture in San Francisco, California

Project: Peter’s House
Architects: Craig Steely Architecture
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Area: 1,900 sq ft
Photographs by: Bruce Damonte

Peter’s House by Craig Steely Architecture

Craig Steely Architecture have designed Peter’s House on a steep site next to Dolores Park in San Francisco, California. This modern abode only offers 1,800 square feet of living spaces but the layout is arranged in a way that makes the interior seem a lot bigger. The exterior takes on the shape of a three story glass tower on top of a garage floor. The last floor opens up to a beautiful deck.
The warm modern interior of this residence is constantly bathed in sunlight, courtesy of the large windows on either side of the home, similar to the Lavaflow 5 project by the same studio.

Peters House by Craig Steely Architecture in San Francisco, California

Rather than the typical construction practice of locating foundations staggered up the hillside, Peter’s house locates a 24 ft. x 24 ft. cast-in-place concrete garage at the lowest level and builds a 3-story glass tower above it, altering the land and native hillside drainage very little. The top living floor then spans from a flat plateau at top of the lot to the tower like a bridge, essentially reducing the amount of excavation typically involved in construction of this type by 2/3.

Beyond the structural challenges, the biggest issue in designing Peter’s house was opening the building to the expansive view while maintaining a level of privacy from the sidewalk and garden that pass alongside. Around the time the house was being designed, the new on-ramp to the Golden Gate Bridge was under construction which necessitated clearing a grove of Monterey Cypress trees in it’s path from the Presidio. We secured some of these trees and working with a local milling shop turned them into 90 solid wood louvers (fixed on the exterior/operable on the interior) that regulate openness and privacy.

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