San Francisco Penthouse by Joel Sanders Architect

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Project: Market Street Penthouse
Location: San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Designed by Joel Sanders Architects
Completion year: 2010
Website: www.joelsandersarchitect.com
The challenge posed by the design of this duplex penthouse was how to take advantage of the best asset of this corner unit – its dramatic diagonal downtown views that were compromised by discontinuous groupings of conventional double hung windows. Our design strategy visually unifies these random punched openings within a “sky zone,” a recessed linear slot that dynamically wraps the perimeter of the apartment. Continue for more info and rest of architects description after the jump:

Painted grey/blue, it visually blends with the actual skyline. The duplex is programmatically sub-divided into two living strips that run parallel to this window wall. A darker inner band, lined with natural materials – walnut paneling and banquettes upholstered in deep blue mohair – defines the entry, stairwell and second floor pool/guest room. A bright outer zone, lit by windows, defines the double height corner living/media room and kitchen/dining area on the first floor and the master bedroom suite above. It’s contrasting neutral palette of white and grey synthetic materials – concrete, fritted-glass, and stainless and powdercoated steel – focuses attention on the “sky zone” that frames city views. Interior apertures frame views between these contrasting areas. from Joel Sanders Architect