Telegraph Hill Bachelor Pad

San Francisco, California
Location
  • San Francisco, California
  • Structure
  • Apartment
  • Year
  • 2012
  • Lot Size
  • 25 x 57
  • 25 x 57
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This project page was created by community member Benjamin Farrell

    I started this project for a friend a few months before he moved to Australia. We tried to do the project while he was busy saving the Great Barrier Reef, but predictably it lost momentum. Upon his return we started again in earnest and began navigating the treacherous world of planning and zoning approval in San Francisco (ask me about this story...it's good). The timing was perfect because contractors were in survival mode when the economy tanked and he paid a lot less for an amazing house. Views to Coit Tower and TransAmerica building influenced plan layout and fenestration to achieve dramatic effect. Now he hosts chamber quartet recitals on the back deck, but the scuba gear is still in the garage.

    For a small house, thee right move is to open up the whole floor plan on the primary living level. Light floods in from three sides.

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    The top floor orients to frame views both North and South. If you take a blanket and cup of coffee, the North Terrace is an amazing place to contemplate deep thoughts while watching ships slip into the fog under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Farrell

    The skyline has changed a bit in the last few years, but it will always be our beloved San Francisco.

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    Cost tower anchors the North end of the axis running through the house. Views from the deck include the full width of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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    I swoon and the thought of living in this enclave of modern architecture high up on Telegraph Hill.

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    Simple geometry on the front elevation keeps the peace on a small street of modern houses.

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    In an "upside down" house, the bedrooms are on the lower level. It's a no-brainer when you're upstairs looking at the views.

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    Amazingly, this Garage fits three cars...provided you put the Tesla on dollies and tuck it into the nook at the back.

    Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Farrell

    The point of the TransAmerica building is one end of a long axis that orients the top floor plan.

    Photo Courtesy of Benjamin Farrell
    Posted By
    Benjamin Farrell
    @farrellarchitecture
    Ben Farrell, owner and principal architect, is a graduate of Syracuse University but attributes most of his formative experiences to time spent in Florence, Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark. His curiosity with architecture came at a young age in Copenhagen by spray painting graffiti on the drab and boring ends of buildings that seemed otherwise forgotten. He legitimized this passion for unauthorized aesthetic improvement with an architectural education, some of which was spent studying the classics in the architecturally fecund areas of Tuscany. These contrasting experiences spawned an equally contentious philosophy that continues to juxtapose the respect of classical order with a modernity that says "nothing is sacred", improvement happens everywhere and sometimes the rules are just wrong. He resides in Southern Marin with a studio in Sausalito.
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