20th Street Residence, SFOSLModern Patio, San Francisco
The client came to SFOSL with the need for more space in a fairly fatigued home on Potrero Hill. As expanding upward through the roof was the only option, the addition of 650 square feet would also take advantage of views overlooking Bernal Heights Park and the San Francisco Bay. The terraced garden in the back connects the more private and secluded sleeping and bathing areas on the 2nd floor to the living area on the 3rd level through a pathway of stairs and a new catwalk bridge. Public function space moved to the addition on the roof. To weave the house into the urban fabric the building was clad in the inexpensive Skatelite material, used to make skateboard ramps. As the residence is located on a designated historic block, built by one developer and comprised of identical façades, the existing façade had to remain unchanged. Image by Bruce Damonte Photography.
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Photo by Bruce Damonte Photography1. Siding. This 650-square-foot addition sits on top of a home in San Francisco’s historic Potrero Hill neighborhood. Although the original facade couldn’t be altered during the renovation, the architects covered the new addition in Skatelite, a resilient paper-composite product often used for ramp surfaces, including those at the X Games. Everything from the roof overhang to the rolling planters is covered in the material, contrasting the glossy white finish of the interior. Richlite, the company that manufactures Skatelite, is also the name of the material that was developed more than 70 years ago. It was originally used in more industrial settings but has since been embraced by the food, marine and design industries because of its appearance, resilience, cleanliness, availability and relatively affordable price.