- Architecture & development
This serene renovation home is located in the fashionable Pacific Heights neighbourhood of San Francisco, California. Built in 1925, the Edwardian-style house remained untouched over the years and was now in need of a complete overhaul. The aim was to provide, with some modest additions, more direct access to the adjoining gardens. The Walker Warner Architects team worked with interior designer Redmond Aldrich and Scott Lawrence Landscape Architecture.
The recent project in San Francisco by Walker Warner Architects is a historical house in the Italian Renaissance style and was originally built in the 1920s. The team of architects sought a delicate balance between preserving the historic character and responding to a more contemporary way of living. Due to San Francisco's stringent historic preservation regulations, it was important to preserve the appearance of the public facades. Walker Warner Architects added a modern two-storey geometric volume that floods the new spaces with natural light and connects to the beautiful, vibrant garden with its centuries-old Copper Beach tree as its central focal point.
The muted colour palette creates a typical Californian ambience.
The inspiration for the architects came from the historic townhouses in London, where you can see the modernist touches contrasting with the historic architecture.
In addition, interior designer Chloe Warner, of Redmond Aldrich Design, played an important role in finding the right balance between the aesthetics of the residents and creating the transition between the different spaces. She chose a muted colour palette of beige, grey, white and cream to achieve a calm atmosphere. The shades give the whole house a casual elegance and an abundance of natural light that reflects the typical bright, open and Californian atmosphere. Blonde hardwood floors and luxurious cream colours form the ideal backdrop to the surrounding natural beauty of the house. Furthermore, a few pieces of art add a splash of colour. The living room stands for minimalist comfort. Contemporary pieces, such as the Rose Uniake cast table, add depth to the layered neutrals. Finally, in the dining room, the nuanced colour palette is balanced by a bold, black and white contemporary artwork. Walker Warner Architects did everything possible to literally bring the residents closer to the central tree in the garden. This home, characterised by its seamless indoor-outdoor living, is the perfect home for a young and vibrant family.
Photography by Matthew Millman