The Power of Sight, The Gifts of a Site
47 Park Hill Ave
San Francisco, CA 94117
Interior: 2,840 sq. ft. (approx.)
Set on an exclusive, iconic block of Buena Vista / Ashbury Heights, this sophisticated residence is imbued with a rarified air. At once earthy and classic, 47 Park Hill offers an artful environment with a reverence for nature, views and the worship of natural light. A masterful build, the home is informed by the exquisite taste of its adventuresome owner. Great intention is evident in every design decision. Meticulous craftsmanship and idyllic setting result in a dramatic-view home, poised to facilitate both robust city entertaining, quiet repose and seamless indoor/outdoor living.
Several elements inform the astute design and craft of this home: the site is pure inspiration — set on a level, verdant block featuring stunning views at the crest of the hill and surrounded by varied historical architecture — with the majestic city spread out to the East. The innovative floor plan propels a series of compressions and decompressions as the architecture moves through the house, expanding at certain locations and compressing to rise up and meet the views at others. A series of classical repeating elements: arched windows and doors in sets of four from façade to terraces creates balance and harmony; the massive central skylight over the theatrical dining room presides like an oculus, and is repeated at entry, and in the kitchen and references worship of the sun. These architectural patterns introduce and reinforce a sophisticated functionality which are hallmarks of this custom building.