Two-Way House

Two-Way House

Architect
Studio Sarah Willmer
Location
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California, USA
Project Year
2016
Category
Private Houses
Jasper Sanidad
Product Spec Sheet
RoleBrands
Solid Surface, Non-porous HI-MACS®- LG HAUSYS EUROPE GMBH
Solid Surface, Non-porous, low VOC, 6%-13% recycled contentCORIAN® Design
Paints and Stains, low VOCBenjamin Moore
Aluminium Exterior Windows and DoorsBonelli Windows
Engineered wood flooring, Bradfield Windsor CollectionMonarch Plank
Product Spec Sheet
Solid Surface, Non-porous
Solid Surface, Non-porous, low VOC, 6%-13% recycled content
Paints and Stains, low VOC
Aluminium Exterior Windows and Doors
Engineered wood flooring, Bradfield Windsor Collection

Two-Way House

Studio Sarah Willmer as Architects

The Two-Way House embodies the marriage of San Francisco’s historic urban fabric with today’s modern needs/desires in a thoughtfully crafted home filled with daylight seamlessly connecting to the garden. 


Our client’s goals of filling their home with natural light while connecting inside to outside formed the transformation of this Pacific Heights row house. The Two-way House was conceived around the pairing of the original 1900 Victorian façade and traditional parlor with an open plan and modern 2-story backyard addition. The design maximizes space creating a generous single family home (with smaller 2ndapartment / in-law unit) while deftly resolving constraints that have shaped the remodel of many San Francisco homes. 


A series of interlocking interior spaces, courtyard and decks create a seamless flow from inside to out. Designed to capture daylight and link common and private spaces, double height volumes establish vertical connections shaped by skylights and windows revealing unexpected views through the residence.


Stained white oak and cedar create a soft palette throughout, connecting floor to cabinets, cabinets to main stair, interior walls to exterior walls and the historic front to the modern back. Period molding at the parlor blends with minimal details and cabinetry. The Two-Way House bridges recognizable San Francisco architecture to the way today’s design savvy San Franciscans live in their homes.

Project team
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