The design for Funkhaus was largely inspired by our clients’ impressions and lived experiences of the original home, specifically their observations about the untapped potential of the sloping site with dramatic views. The couple dreamt of a series of improvements to their San Francisco home that felt unique and inevitable to the site, using words like enchanted, well-crafted, intimate, and private when asked to describe their vision, and put a distinct emphasis on richness of materiality and articulation of distinct spaces within an overall open concept. Our team set out to design a renovation that preserves the sense of refuge and shelter offered by the site, while honoring special moments from the original home.
A sunken front courtyard offers privacy from the street, carefully laying out a progression of experiences through the home towards the sloped rear yard, incorporating a series of unexpected views. The bedroom suites step back from the street, creating opportunities for landscaping to envelop the single-story massing that frames the courtyard. The various public spaces and decks follow the natural grade of the site, allowing for multiple special moments in lieu of one big reveal. A majestic Cedar tree in the northwest corner creates a programmatic anchor for both the landscape and architecture.
The project’s interior design was both developed in collaboration with the clients, as well in response to their joyful art collection and eclectic lifestyle. Rich, deep colors and materiality elicit a retro vibe, while modern custom casework and millwork designate space to celebrate art. Hanging lanterns and lamps in the kitchen evoke a night market, and a custom fireplace in the living room melds the new with the old.
LOCATION San Francisco, California
Landscape: Arterra Landscape Architects
Structural: Strandberg Engineering
Lighting: Kim Cladas Lighting Design