Choy Residence / Terry & Terry Architecture

  • 01:00 - 11 April, 2011
Choy Residence / Terry & Terry Architecture, © Ethan Kaplan
© Ethan Kaplan
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, California, USA
  • Architect

    Terry & Terry Architecture
  • Project Team

    Alex Terry AIA, Ivan Terry
  • Interior Designer

    Chris Choy Design
  • Engineer

    Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc.
  • General Contractor

    Quick Connect Construction
  • Area

    2300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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From the architect. Terry & Terry Architecture transformed this 1960’s house  into an open plan modern dwelling. The design for this renovation involved subtracting specific existing walls and parts of the existing roof to let in natural light and improve circulation. This included hollowing out the space at the rear of the house to accommodate an exterior deck and capture views to the north. The transformation of the existing typical San Francisco box house into the new “opened” wood tube form that shelters/adds protection from wind and weather to the rear deck at main floor and to the openings at the middle floor. Terry & Terry Architecture also carved out an entry way at the center of the house, which allows natural light to spill into the main floor core. In the center of the dwelling, we inserted a new stair/light shaft through all levels to provide circulation between floors and to illuminate the walls with daylight.

© Ethan Kaplan
© Ethan Kaplan

The roof is designed to collect water run-off which will be stored in future holding tanks located in the utility/basement area under the home and is gravity-fed to the garden irrigation system for use in the dry season. The north end of the roof is also designed to accommodate photovoltaic solar panels.

© Alex Terry
© Alex Terry
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