Custom Single-Family Residence
San Francisco, California

Dramatic steel stairs and catwalks connect the multiple levels of this serene ground-up residence, over a garden level in-law unit below.

A new custom home with in-law unit, the design for Kohler takes full advantage of its long, narrow site by creating two distinct volumes: one housing the double-height living spaces, and one with the circulation and service spaces. Outside the two volumes are differentiated by their cladding materials and prominence toward the street, with the façade of the living spaces recessed and animated by terraces.

Structure, materials and details are boldly expressed throughout, with steel moment frames allowing for uninterrupted interior spaces and large openings on the façades—bringing light deep into the building. The living volume features bamboo flooring, hand-plastered finishes, large sliding glass doors, and oversized custom wood pivot doors. A top-level, interior courtyard with hot tub offers a private outdoor respite, and brings the light and air from the outdoors in.

ZdV Project Team:

Architecture Team:
Greg Klosowski, Jim Zack
Hakewill Construction
Structural Engineer:
Double D Engineering
César Rubio