Located above San Francisco’s Dolores Park on a steep site bordering a public garden, Peter’s House by Craig Steely Architecture is rather small — only about 1800 square feet. Instead of locating foundations staggered up the hillside, Peter’s house locates a 24 ft. x 24 ft. cast-in-place concrete garage at the lowest level and builds a three-story glass tower above it, altering the land and native hillside drainage very little. The top living floor spans from a flat plateau at top of the lot to the tower like a bridge, essentially reducing the amount of excavation typically involved in construction. The biggest issue when designing the house was opening the building to the view while maintaining a level of privacy from the sidewalk and garden that pass alongside.
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