Mork-Ulnes Architects has completed Silver Lining House, a crisp gabled home clad in black stained cedar designed for an architectural photographer and interior designer.
Situated on a sloping lot in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, this home sits among the Victorian and Edwardian-style homes that line the area’s hilly streets.
The project was designed for architect Casper Moak Urnes, founder of Mork Urnes Architects, and longtime friends architectural photographer Bruce Damonte and interior designer Alison Damonte.
Avid collectors, the couple wanted a home that would allow them to display their treasured possessions and support their creative endeavors.
“We knew from the beginning that this project would be an interesting collaboration, given our reductive tendencies and the style of our clients/friends that we have always admired and wanted to celebrate. It’s balanced by more fanatical, maximalist impulses,” said Casper Mork-Urnes.
Architects and their team at Mork Urnes Architects, with offices in San Francisco and Oslo, created a home for the Damonte family that “conceptually functions as a container for their collection of furniture and art, as well as a laboratory for their work.” I conceived it.
Rectangular in plan, the house is three stories tall and features a pronounced gable. The facade is clad with black-stained cedar strips and perforated with openings of various sizes.
Architects took cues from their surroundings when determining key design elements such as scale, massing, and cladding, but they also deviated from the norm.
“The new home recreates the roof shape, entrance entryway/stoop, and massing of the Victorian home, while breaking with tradition with a blackened façade and ribbon windows that visually connect the interior of the home with the neighborhood. “There is,” the team said. .
“Here, tradition is reinterpreted with a decidedly modern perspective, and formal research and construction techniques are needed to produce original and innovative results that engage the surrounding environment and encourage further exploration. It is essential,” the team added.
Measuring 2,818 square feet (261 square meters), the home has an “inverted floor plan” with private spaces on the lower levels and communal spaces on the higher levels.
The ground floor includes a garage, master bedroom suite, laundry room and sunken garden. The main entrance is on his first floor and the team has placed there his guest suite, home his office, two bathrooms and an intimate space for relaxing and entertaining.
The top floor is envisioned as a penthouse-type space, with a kitchen, dining area, living room, and powder room. The terrace offers panoramic views of the city.
The floors are connected by a curved staircase with a skylight. Semi-polished chrome slats bounce reflections around the stairwell. This is an effect intended to “mimic the experience of walking through a mirror ball.”
Mirror surfaces can also be found in other parts of the house, creating a playful atmosphere as well as spatial and light-generating effects, the researchers said.
Overall, the home’s interior design, overseen by Alison Damonte, offers a combination of colors, textures and patterns that “reflect the owners’ collective creative spirit,” the team said.
Sustainability was kept in mind throughout the project, incorporating elements such as high-performance windows, outdoor solar shading, and energy-efficient appliances.
Electricity generated by rooftop solar panels is stored in the Powerwall battery system, and unused power is sent back to the grid.
The completion of this home marks the end of a journey of more than 10 years.
In 2010, the Damontes purchased a modest early 1900s mansion in Bernal Heights.
A few years later, they commissioned Mork Urnes to renovate the house, and when plans were finalized in 2017, the house caught fire and was partially destroyed.
The team salvaged what they could and redid the design.
“While this incident forced a reassessment of the scope and scale of the redesign, the couple’s goal remained the same: to create a home that acts as a capsule of art and inspiration,” the team said. Ta.
Other projects by Mork Urnes include an eight-sided home in Oregon built using cross-laminated timber and a home in California clad in COR-TEN steel to protect the building from wildfires.
Cinematography by Bruce Damonte.
architect: Mork Urnes Architects
Project design team: Casper Mork-Urnes, Lexi Mork-Urnes, Pi Van Phan, Gregory Radizin
Interior designer: Alison Damonte
Construction manager: Raffi Nazarian
Landscape architect: Telemoto
Structural engineer: Santos & Uritia
Lighting design: pritchard peck
General contractor: Rico’s General Construction Co., Ltd.
Furniture craftsman: hope built