An existing stone structure is converted for dual uses as a private residence and as offices and gallery for LEF Foundation. The stone enclosure, built in the 1880s, offered a context that is pure and iconic in its space and monolithic in its construction. To maintain the purity and openness of the plan, the program was divided into a series of autonomous systems that float freely, resisting and preserving the perimeter walls.
The upper-floor residence is dictated by a similar strategy. Anchored by a system of interdependent walls and enclosures that contain the domestic functions, its partitions are arranged in an open plan to preserve and free the contiguous surface of the stone enclosure. A concrete tower addition at the west corner accommodates a salon and library. The form restates the monolithic construction of the stone, standing in dialogue with it and linked through the communication of its surface and construction.
AIA San Francisco Best of the Bay: Honor Award
In collaboration with Jim Jennings Architecture