Outside Basel in the calm neighbourhood of Binningen, Switzerland, this semi-detached house by KOHLE... More
On a typically narrow and sloping San Francisco site, this hillside house takes advantage of an abundance of natural light and views over the city and the Bay. With zero lot lines to either side, the house runs the entire site frontage with two perimeter walls extending out beyond the structure to contain living spaces within.
With a floating, volumetric quality, the living room floor plane is wrapped in glass and appears to hover above the ground floor entry level. Inside, the open plan living room, kitchen and dining room spill out on the west-facing rear deck, which is connected to that garden level via a staircase.
Throughout the house, full height windows and sliding doors allow for outward views and indoor to outdoor connections. To enhance the interior daylighting, a large lightwell at the heart of the house illuminates the main staircase, ensuring all floors have ample daylighting within the floorplate.
Bedrooms are located on the upper levels, with terraces opening to the exterior and the city views. Particularly spectacular is the penthouse, which opens up onto an expansive viewing deck.