Peter’s House / Craig Steely Architecture

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Architects: Craig Steely
Location: , CA, USA
Area: 1,900 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

© Bruce Damonte

From the architect. Located above San Francisco’s Dolores Park on a steep site bordering a public garden, the decidedly small house, (only 1800 square feet) builds on this steep lot as efficiently as possible.

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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.

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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.

Floor Plans: Garage, First, Second

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.

© Bruce Damonte

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.

Cite: "Peter’s House / Craig Steely Architecture" 19 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=486560>
  • Karl G. Smith II

    My point point is this; the ground floor, the garage level, seems inconsistent with the rest of the building, which is more Modern looking. Maybe steel garage doors would have been more consistent! Just asking!