300 Cornwall \ Kennerly Architecture & Planning

• October 9, 2013

Kennerly Architecture 2a 600x450 300 Cornwall \ Kennerly Architecture & Planning

courtesy Bruce Damonte

Not every part of old San Francisco is perfect. Here was a hiccup in the fabric where two streets slide together at an awkward angle, creating a mini district with unrealized potential as an urban place. The two streets are broad and have very different character. The building responds to this fact, amplifies it, and activates the cityscape around it.

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courtesy Bruce Damonte

The long rhomboidal parcel spanned by 3 wide bays each holds two homes; the building is then cleaved by landscaped courts to soften the transition from city to home. Suspended above and between these gardens each of the six homes is clearly expressed as a 2-story box of wood, stucco and glass. A retail storefront space and parking garage are tucked beneath.

Kennerly Architecture 3 600x400 300 Cornwall \ Kennerly Architecture & Planning

courtesy Bruce Damonte

Interlocked in section, the living spaces of each townhouse stretch from street to street and open directly to private patios. The gardens below serve as semi-private entry courts and offer glimpses through the narrow block. With the interlocking concept, each home is given its own expression on the street; each gets a patio and exposure on at least 2 sides. The wood paneling nestled into each sculpted volume recalls the stained wood entry alcoves of Victorian mansions.

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courtesy Bruce Damonte

+ Project facts

Site: Neighborhood commercial zone in San Francisco’s Richmond District
Parcel area: 4,800 s.f.
Gross Floor area: 14,000 sf
Program: 6 two-story residential condominium units 1,275 – 1,600 sq.ft. each
Commercial Retail space: 1,100 sq.ft
Parking Garage: Six cars
Date completed: July 2013
Architect: Kennerly Architecture & Planning
Developer+ Builder: Agosta Builders, Gerry Agosta
Structural Engineer: Santos & Urrutia Structural Engineers
Photography: Bruce Damonte

+ All images and drawings courtesy Kennerly Architecture & Planning \ photo by Bruce Damonte

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Category: Architecture, House, Residential

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