Fall HouseContemporary Exterior, San Francisco
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When we look at the big things, we look at things like site, context, function, structure and envelope, organization, materials and style. We set the tone for what we want and establish a basis for making decisions as we go. In a sense, we create an outline for our narrative that ensures the story, our home, is the best we can make it, whether our budget is modest or grand.Site. The first consideration is the site, the place where the home will rest for many, many years to come. Like people, each site is unique. Each has a different solar orientation, topography, view corridors and vegetation. Each site has its unique flaws and its unique assets. So explore your site. Ask yourself where and how this structure wants to rest on it. Determine where the views are, what the materials should be, how sunlight falls across the land and where the best spot is for locating the home.
Of course, trees aren’t the only source of inspiration. Here architect Anne Fougeron of San Francisco considered both light and the land itself to create this modern glass beauty 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean along California’s Big Sur coastline. The vacation home is two rectangular boxes connected by an all-glass library-den. But how it sits on its perch is the story: Fougeron’s vision, as she notes in her description of the property, was to embed the building “within the land, creating a structure that is inseparable from its context.” Cantilevered over the bluff, the home combines both shelter and exposure through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the ocean view and a copper facade on the slope side that wraps over the roof, “offering a retreat from the forces of nature,” she says.
The home sits on the rocky and rugged Big Sur coast. The property is situated downhill on a steep grade, which Fougeron used to her advantage. “I had this idea of having the house cascade down the hill to take advantage of the view as much as possible,” she says. “Sometimes modern homes look like they’ve landed on the site out of nowhere. We wanted to make the home indistinguishable from the site, totally embedded and following the contours.”