One of our favorite projects from last weekend’s AIA Homes Tours was the Randall House in Glen Park, by LSarc design team. The site, typical of San Francisco contours, slopes nearly four stories from front to back making the rear lower floors a challenge to daylight. The architects did a stunning job of working with this difficult site while reusing existing construction materials, incorporating FSC certified timber, and creating a healthy interior environment through the use of sustainable materials.
Perhaps the most dramatic feature of the home is the internal four story light shaft, which also houses the stair and provides natural ventilation via the ‘chimney effect’. A continuous structural metal ribbon floats the stair up through the shaft and further connects all four floor plates of this vertically oriented home.
The living area is graced with spectacular views of the City, while the kitchen and dining areas are connected to the rear gardens, both edible and sanctuary, by a bridge spanning over the terraced green spaces below.
One of the design team’s main objectives with this home was to facilitate a healthy lifestyle, which is craftily achieved through the orientation of the spaces and proximity to the outdoors and natural daylight. Conceivably, one could live, work, eat, and sleep at this home without feeling the pressing need to leave for sustenance.
As seen on Inhabitat