San Francisco

Photography: Arrowood Photography and Sharon Risedorph

2011 AIA SF Home Tour

Sunset Overlook
Modernist take on a 70’s spec house.

Opening this dark, claustrophobic 1970’s spec house to the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean was the concept behind this comprehensive house remodel. A dramatic, skylit gallery welcomes visitors, leading to a step-down great room with unparalleled views of the Farallon Islands beyond. Above, a grated steel-and-aluminum bridge tempers the sunlight, connecting the master suite to the children’s wing. An adjacent courtyard provides a tranquil respite while doubling as protected play area from the inclement weather.

A new, three-story, cantilevered glass bay was added at the rear, accentuating the view. Mitered glass edges dematerialize the boundary between indoors and out, imparting an inspiring aerial perspective. The new, simplified plan includes a family room with open study, and a ground-level rec room, offering this active family plenty of room to grow and live in.