Funkhaus

Funkhaus


Funkhaus

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

PROJECT TEAM
Landscape: Arterra Landscape Architects
Structural: Strandberg Engineering
Lighting: Kim Cladas Lighting Design

 

Dry Creek Compound

Dry Creek Compound


Dry Creek Compound

After exploring some initial design concepts with our team for a larger property in the area, our clients settled on a modestly sized site nestled on the banks of Dry Creek. The couple and their two young children are relocating to Healdsburg with dreams of a serene, modern cluster of agrarian structures – a home with a 2-car garage, a detached ADU, a guest suite, and a roof deck that captures focused views of distant hills. Strong connections to the natural splendors of the site, and the integration of landscape and architecture set the tone for our collaboration with MFLA, the design is “inspired by the design of parks and botanical gardens where landscaping is used to create different spaces that are revealed as you walk along the paths.”

The design carefully and gracefully sites a series of sliding vertical forms on the property, screening the abutting neighbors to the southeast, and opening towards the creek and surrounding grove, as well as inviting in views of vineyards and a sunflower patch. Each form acts as its own structure, connected by a series of covered and uncovered bridges that programmatically separate public and private spaces, while visually creating outdoor courtyards, interlacing architecture and landscape. The pool is nestled between the two main living wings and the creek, creating a protected, sunny, outdoor living space to enjoy year-round. The main dining area, separating the guest suite and office from the great room, opens completely onto courtyards on either side.

LOCATION Healdsburg, California

PROJECT TEAM
Landscape Architect: MFLA
Structural Engineer: ZFA Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: Munselle Civil Engineering