San Franicsco, CA
The Shaw residence strips and rebuilds a 1960s house at the top of Russian Hill, retaining the zoning envelope but revising materials and openings.
The base is a stucco wall with perforated stainless apertures. The bay above, glazed with channel glass, becomes a singular defining element. The interior is a world of stone and glass, a tranquil setting for the functions of the house. Five levels are linked by an existing elevator and a reconfigured stair, which floats away from the walls. The garage is on the first level, with a garden room above for caretaker and pets. On the next level is a bed-room in the bay; dressing and bath areas are arranged in a line, and a media and music room is adjacent. The kitchen and formal dining room are on the fourth level, and the living room, its windows framing a panorama of the San Francisco Bay, and terrace are at the top of the house. The terrace railing is etched glass, which screens the rooftops in the foreground and reflects the water beyond. Serene, reflective, and empty, the house provides a peaceful refuge in the city.