Aidlin Darling Design
Photographs: Matthieu Millman Photography
Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Bonelli, Fleetwood, Kohler, Toto, Vola, Sub zero, Wolf
Beautiful European construction
Main responsible:Joshua Aidlin
Group project:Peter Larsen, Sean Kakigi, Todd Aranaz
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Text description provided by the architects. This dramatic remodel of a 1950s hillside residence converts a two-story structure into a three-story home for a growing family. The house offers contrasting but remarkable views of the city of San Francisco to the east and the Sutro Tower to the west. The front and rear facades use 20-foot-high, 30-inch-deep steel sunshades to deflect light and simultaneously frame cherished views while editing less desirable ones. The south and north anchor walls are covered with hand floated plaster and create visual and mental privacy from the adjacent neighboring houses. Between these walls are exterior structures of glass and crystalline steel that provide the family with remarkable views of eastern downtown San Francisco and beautiful sunsets through a canopy of back trees. court. A living roof provides sufficient insulation and rainwater purification as well as an inviting natural respite within the confines of an urban setting.
Sustainable design measures have been applied throughout the house: efficient roof insulation; windows and doors with thermal break; deep overhangs ensuring passive solar control; Drought-resistant, low-irrigation landscaping. The footprint of the building itself is modest and narrow, allowing cross-ventilation through windows and openable doors throughout the house.
The interior of the house is covered with many types of wood which give off a visual and tactile warmth. Custom built-in furniture reinforces the home’s intimate quality while maximizing function in a modest building footprint. A biophilic ethic was paramount for homeowners and permeates every room of the house.