White Living Room With View
By Karen Egly-Thompson This anew congenital three-story abreast San Francisco home was advised to abduction angle of the surrounding burghal and terrain, and to actualize a abstracted ambiance for its owner. However, the home additionally offers a surprise. A sculptural, mirrored cube anatomy at the top of a terraced hillside in the backyard reflects the garden mural and opens to the sky through an autogenous oculus.
Besides active space, the homeowner, an entrepreneur, additionally uses his home for affectionate affairs and entertaining. "It's meant to be a abode to allotment account with others and advance a faculty of community," says artisan Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture.
Exterior: Hinting at the home's arresting interior, the advanced bluff is straightforward, yet far from run-of-the-mill. Smith's architecture pushes the added floor's adept bedchamber window apparent and rotates it slightly, creating an active block appearance to add accumulation and adumbration to the almost collapsed exterior.
The aphotic exoteric absolute is cypress copse balustrade that's been broiled above-mentioned to installation. The activity is accepted in Japan as shou-sugi-ban. Not alone does it attending dramatic, but blaze the copse increases its blaze resistance, and in allegory to stains and paints, the address offers a added abiding aphotic finish. Smith says they chose the broiled accomplishment for these anatomic attributes as able-bodied as to visually analyze it from the adjoining homes.
Front door: The advanced access is pulled entering from the advanced facade, creating an inset alcove belted absolutely in bottle back-painted in red to bout the pivoted advanced door. The broiled Cypress balustrade offers textural adverse to the bottle reflections and aflame animate trim.
Entry: Accustomed ablaze spills into an alluringly added two-story entry.
Pristine white autogenous walls adverse with the aphotic exterior. Smith says the all-embracing architecture is "restrained white minimalism counterbalanced with wood, blush and the burghal beyond."
First-floor bar: One flight up from the entry, the aboriginal attic appearance a bar and media lounge, an en apartment bedfellow bedchamber and laundry.
Flooring: Bleached plain-sliced reclaimed Douglas fir attic is acclimated throughout best of the home. Smith says it is "meant to be a accepted denominator to the design."
Staircase: The access is one of the home's notable features. Dropping bottomward through all of the floors, Smith says it "acts like a vertical counterpoint." Here, planes of bright bottle alteration aurora abysmal into the autogenous and accommodate accuracy to the access structure.
For added contrast, the apparent ancillary of the amount treads and risers are belted in a bandage of begrimed steel.
Guest bedroom: A abstracted white palette in the bedfellow bedchamber draws focus to the appearance outside. The headboard bank is clad in the aforementioned Douglas fir copse as the floor, and a band of aberrant ablaze anchored at its top — a bank detail agitated throughout the home — provides bendable illumination.
Music room: On the added attic aloft the lounge, the music allowance appearance a comfortable adipose nook, creating a absolute cover to coil up and accept to tunes or comedy guitar.
Living space: Seemingly extenuative the best for last, Smith advised the capital active amplitude up top on the third attic since, he says, "the angle advance from abundant to amazing as one moves up through the house."
The accessible active amplitude consists of a basement area, dining space, a kitchen and a crumb room. However, the active amplitude is accessible at both ends, extending to a rear terrace off the kitchen and an ample-sized examination accouter off the front, apparent here. Skylights accompany in added accustomed light.
Inset animate beam detail: A breadth of stainless animate inset over the breadth of the dining table enhances the ablaze accoutrement and bounces added ablaze into the space. Highly polished, it mimics a mirror, but its hardly less-than-perfect absorption and cadence prove alluringly unconventional.
Fireplace: A abbreviate accumbent aperture fabricated of begrimed animate carves into the amphibian back-lit bank to anatomy an basic broiler and shelf.
Loungeworthy seating: The accidental modular daybed arrangement can bench endless of affair guests or aloof be an ideal atom to lie bottomward and attending outside. Its organic, billowy curve additionally advice add benevolence to the room's architectural lines.
A ample sliding aperture amid the active allowance lounge and advanced accouter absolutely opens up to seamlessly affix the autogenous with the exterior.
Outdoor lounge: From the advanced deck, a attractive appearance of San Francisco awaits. The activity of the burghal beneath is akin by a admixture of active alfresco furniture.
Kitchen and rear terrace: Aloof aloft the dining breadth at the rear of the house, the automated kitchen opens assimilate a terraced patio.
Stairway to the cube: An exoteric access leads to an amazing space: a mirrored cube room, apparent actuality aflame at the top.
The cube: Measuring 10 by 10 by 10 feet, the cube is an abandoned exoteric anatomy amid at the top of the site's acutely angled backyard. Fabricated of able fiberglass, it's clad in gray mirrored bottle with butt-jointed corners. "It's meant to be a abstruse and alteration sculptural article that reflects the landscape, the sky and the view, depending on your viewpoint," Smith says. "It about photographs its surrounding."
(The homeowners say there haven't been any issues involving aberrant birds aerial into the structure.)
With the cube on the right-hand side, here's a appearance attractive aback against the house. If not attractive closely, one can calmly aberration it for a accustomed landscape.
Cube portal: The cube's walls are 2 anxiety thick, as apparent in its access aperture on the aback side. Radiant electric calefaction is anchored in the accurate seats to accommodate amore on arctic days.
Square turns cylindrical: The cube's annular autogenous belies its aboveboard shell. Curved whiteboard creates a annular bank on which to assortment out ideas.
Heads up for the cube's view: Whereas the home's architecture accent the angle angular through windows, the autogenous of the cube appearance an applicable oculus to the sky. Smith says the cube's architecture abstraction is based on artisan James Turrell's Skyspaces.
"The absolute and conceptual aisle is that you arise up through the house, again up through the backyard to the accomplished abode on the afterimage with the best burghal views, and again you go about to the aback of the cube through a aperture and access it. Once inside, aback the angle of the sky is now the alone view, the burghal and its activity is acquiescently larboard behind," Smith says.
Floor plans: The aboriginal attic is on the larboard side; the added attic is apparent in the middle; and the third attic is on the appropriate side. The advanced of the abode is aggressive at the top of anniversary attic plan and the aback of the abode is illustrated at the bottom.
Landscape consultant: Danielle and John Steumagel, Sculpt GardensObject and art selection: Subject to ChangeContractor: MT Development