The project is a renovation and addition to an existing single-family midcentury hillside home. The spirit of the challenge was to take a wonderfully conceived, but woefully realized home and make it reach its potential.
The entry has an existing, wonderful cast glass translucent window. We added a 21st century version in dialog at the other end of the entry. The companion piece is made of hot-rolled steel with a laser-cut perforated wave pattern with changeable hued LED lamps. The wave theme is echoed in the in situ painting on the Living room wall by Momoko Sudo.
Translucence is found in the sliding frameless glass panels between Kitchen and Dining, and Dining and Family room, as well as in the half wall panels around the Dining area itself.
The Entry, Living room and view terrace have new custom cast concrete tiles for a seamless transition to the exterior.
Hot-rolled steel is used as at the two existing fireplaces, and the entry screen between them. The steel hearth for the Family Room fireplace is sculpted to form steps up to the laundry and Guest bedroom wing of the house, their form being purely sculptural when the hidden coplanar wood veneered door is closed.
All of the cabinet wood veneer in the kitchen area and Family room is made of reclaimed Eucalyptus felled at the Presidio in San Francisco.