Dolores Heights Residence by John Maniscalco Architecture
The Dolores Heights Residence is a wonderful contemporary living space overlooking San Francisco, California. This home takes advantage of its stellar location that offers it plenty of daylight and it also opens it up to spectacular views of the cityscape in the distance. The project was designed by John Maniscalco Architecture, a studio well-acclaimed with their Butterfly House in San Francisco and the Oakville View Estate in Oakville, California.
On an atypically-configured sloping double lot in San Francisco, this new home takes advantage of rare siting to maximize the experience of changing daylight and sweeping city views. The use of deep overhangs and angular cedar forms carefully frames horizon views while gently responding to the corner sitting.
Spaces and functions are carefully arranged to pair with varied site experiences throughout the home. A two-story glazed volume clad in cedar slats defines the entry as a bent-steel stair descends to create a connection to the primary living level. An open floor plan allows flow and extension of interior spaces to exterior gathering spaces and vistas.
A restrained finish palette of subtle organic materials unifies the visual language of the exterior landscape with the internal architecture of the home, creating a serenity not often found in the center of this busy city, providing a place of refuge for the growing family.