Sherif Shakar (model)
Our house design for a family of four in a small beach community just outside of San Francisco employs a gradient spatial program as well as a number of cost-saving strategies. Building in one of the worlds most expensive cities requires multiple measures to control and maintain feasible building costs. The base and lower floor of the building is enclosed by a simple raw concrete retaining wall, which mediates between the street level and the garden level 12 feet below. The upper floor consists of an efficient and raw industrial steel structure erected on top of this wall. The placement of the structure establishes a small sunken courtyard between the detached garage and the house allowing for multiple outside relationships on the open-plan ground floor, which has a gradually shifting program of different privacy levels. On the upper floor, simple interior walls will be added successively during the building’s live span to progressively accommodate the evolving live circumstances of the family. While the buildings structure and plan layout is driven by efficiency, the house has a great vertical generosity with spectacular open voids enabling ceiling heights between 12.5, 14.5, 21, and 23 feet.