IwamotoScott designed this new ground-up house in the Noe Valley neighborhood, as a speculative infill development for a builder in San Francisco whom we've worked together with on several projects. The site is located on a steep street, but has a fairly level topography within the lot, newly opened up by the demolition of a dilapidated small house at the rear of the property. The house is organized around both a lightwell and stairwell at its center. The lightwell is positioned to respond to an existing light-well of the neighboring house, bringing in natural light and views to the sky. Situated at the heart of the house, the lightwell and stairwell act together as a spatial hinge between living/dining and kitchen/family on the main living level, and between kids' and parents' bedrooms on the upper sleeping level.

The subtly-angled facade design was created by adapting to different setbacks of the neighboring houses, and as a response to the downhill views to the east. Exterior materials include both stained clear cedar vertical boards alternating with blackened spacer boards, aluminum windows with clear cedar casing, and cast-in-place concrete sitework.

The lower level has an in-law unit behind the garage, opening into the rear yard. The main living level is entered via a front stoop, and houses living, dining and kitchen, with an open family room facing the rear yard. Bedrooms and bathrooms on the next level up also flank the central lightwell and stairwell, which culminates onto a roof deck on the top level, with panoramic views of San Francisco and the Bay.

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Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. View of house amongst neighbors along street. Photo  of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

View of house amongst neighbors along street.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. "The subtly angled facade design was created by adapting to different setbacks of the neighboring houses, and as a response to the downhill views to the east," says IwamotoScott Architecture. The facade of the Noe Valley House simultaneously stands out and blends in with its neighbors. Photo 2 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

"The subtly angled facade design was created by adapting to different setbacks of the neighboring houses, and as a response to the downhill views to the east," says IwamotoScott Architecture. The facade of the Noe Valley House simultaneously stands out and blends in with its neighbors.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. View of front entrance from sdiewalk. Photo 3 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

View of front entrance from sdiewalk.

Modern home with Windows, Casement Window Type, Picture Window Type, and Metal. View looking up at facade from sidewalk. Photo 4 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

View looking up at facade from sidewalk.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Medium Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Dining area between frosted glass light-well and Central Stair with Family Room and backyard beyond. Photo 5 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Dining area between frosted glass light-well and Central Stair with Family Room and backyard beyond.

Modern home with Living Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Ottomans, Sofa, Gas Burning Fireplace, Recliner, Recessed Lighting, and Ribbon Fireplace. Living area, looking toward entry and through front bay window to street. Photo 6 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Living area, looking toward entry and through front bay window to street.

Modern home with Windows, Metal, Casement Window Type, and Picture Window Type. Living area, looking toward entry alcove and through front bay window up street. Photo 7 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Living area, looking toward entry alcove and through front bay window up street.

Modern home with Windows, Picture Window Type, Casement Window Type, and Metal. Detail at front bay window corner. Photo 8 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Detail at front bay window corner.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Wood Railing, and Glass Railing. Dining area, looking toward central stair and entry alcove. Photo 9 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Dining area, looking toward central stair and entry alcove.

Modern home with Windows, Picture Window Type, and Metal. Dining area and light-well window. Photo 10 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Dining area and light-well window.

Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, and Pendant Lighting. Kitchen, looking toward Central Stair and Dining area. Photo 11 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Kitchen, looking toward Central Stair and Dining area.

Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Kitchen, looking to Dining and Living areas beyond. Photo 12 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Kitchen, looking to Dining and Living areas beyond.

Modern home with Pendant Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. Kitchen and Breakfast area, looking toward Family area and back yard beyond. Photo 13 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Kitchen and Breakfast area, looking toward Family area and back yard beyond.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Recliner, and Recessed Lighting. Family area, open to back yard. Photo 14 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Family area, open to back yard.

Back yard and rear facade, Master Bedroom deck above. Photo 15 of Noe Valley House modern homeView Photos

Back yard and rear facade, Master Bedroom deck above.

Back yard and rear facade, Master Bedroom deck above. Photo 16 of Noe Valley House modern homeView Photos

Back yard and rear facade, Master Bedroom deck above.

Back yard and rear facade, Master Bedroom deck above. Photo 17 of Noe Valley House modern homeView Photos

Back yard and rear facade, Master Bedroom deck above.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. Central Stair detail views. Photo 18 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Central Stair detail views.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. Central Stair at Living/Dining level. Photo 19 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Central Stair at Living/Dining level.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Glass Railing, and Wood Railing. Central Stair, looking up toward upper sleeping level. Photo 20 of Noe Valley HouseView Photos

Central Stair, looking up toward upper sleeping level.

Photographer
  • Bruce Damonte
Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 3000
  • Lot Size
  • 2848
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