|On a site bordering South Park, one of the few figural public spaces in San Francisco, this project combines a semi-public art gallery and a residence for two prominent collectors. This distinctive urban condition informed the search for an abstract architectural language that explores the interlocking clarity of figure-ground relationships in the interior and the ambiguity of their edge conditions at the facade.
Within the house, the Cartesian structural matrix of reinforces the divisions of space implicit in the monumental solids and voids. But at the facade that meets South Park, the orthogonal framework dissolves in response to the organic morphology of the tree-filled park. The tessellations flex to create balconies on the upper two floors. This swollen threshold resulted from an exhaustive taxonomy of parametric interpretations of the Planning Code constraints for allowable projections that trigger the typical San Francisco Victorian bay window.