San Francisco, California
The house began its life in 1949 as a modest four-room row house on one of the steepest streets in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. Dramatically expanded with two new floor levels, the building is now home to an active family of five with ample space for guests, parties, and projects.
Design concept and solution: The original structure was retained and wrapped in a veil of cedar pickets at the street that do triple duty as garage door, privacy screen, and guardrail. The house was then stretched back into the slope of the hill to establish a podium of bedrooms and service areas. Above, an open floor of living space extends through glass walls to the garden and panoramic view. Suspended overhead like the hull of a ship (and the reason the house has been nicknamed “the Vessel”), a facetted cedar bedroom suite hangs between giant skylights that draw sunlight into the center of the home below.
The result of a tight collaboration between client and architect, the now 4,200-square-foot house has been a labor of love for the owners who served as the builders and obsessed over every detail.
Owner: Gerry Agosta & Lisa Moresco
Completion Date: September 2010
Gross square footage: 4,200 sq.ft.
Total construction cost: withheld at owner’s request
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Engineer(s): Santos & Urrutia Structural Engineers
General contractor: Gerry Agosta, Buena Vista Builders
Photographer(s): Matthew Millman Photography
CAD system, project management, or other software used: Autocad
Metal/glass curtainwall: Vista-Wall aluminum & glass doors, Ventana aluminum windows supplied and installed by Supreme Glass
Wood: Western Red Cedar
Metal doors: Vista-wall
Wood doors: Beronio
Cabinet hardware: Blum and Hafele
Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore
Task lighting: Tech Lighting
Exterior: Intense Lighting