Grace Street Live/Work

San Francisco, CA

Located on a lot in a rough mixed-use neighborhood, this house is designed to clearly redefine the urban edge it shares with its adjacent streetscape in order to create an inner sanctum and refuge. As a small mid-block building with a zero lot line, the house maximizes its daylight exposure and natural ventilation by carving a rectangular volume out of its whole to create an interior courtyard that serves and connects every space of the house.

Conceptually conceived as a choreography of various material qualities, layers of varying transparency and color dance together forming spatial devices throughout the house. This allows visual privacy and spatial definition to exist without compromising daylight exposure.

The outermost layer is composed of overlapping perforated anodized aluminum sheets which define the sheer facade of the house. These overlapping sheets are attached to resilient channel supports which connect to the weatherproofed inner envelop composed of floor to ceiling operable glass openings. Once inside, a system of custom aluminum shelving forms the next layer, and simultaneously acts as a deep modesty screen during the night time. Simultaneously, three sheer walls oriented perpendicular to and along the depth of the space help to further visually obscure the deeper and more private space of the house. Finally, a magenta pony wall with three layers of tightly wrapped fabric on top act as an enclosure for the bathroom. At night, the bathroom also doubles as a lantern illuminating the interior space at night.

Design Team:
Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Norbert Wong, Alan Tse, Consultant, Interior : Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Norbert Wong, Rasarose Kitmungsa, and Mariah Smith <br />Photos by Bruce Damonte

Honors and Exhibitions:
Ambient House and Grace Street Live/Work was exhibited at ASA 2015 exhibition, Challenger Hall Impact, Bangkok. from Apr 28 – May 03—2015

Grace Street Live/Work was exhibited at the AIA Design Award Exhibition, the AIA 2016 San Francisco / Center for Architecture + Design Gallery—2017

Grace Street Residence, New American Architecture, at Contemporary Space, Athens, Greece, and Istanbul, Turkey presented by The Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, Summer—2017

Design Merit Award in Architecture for Grace Street Live/Work, AIA San Francisco Chapter—2016

Design Merit Award in Architecture for Grace Street Live/Work from the American Institute of Architects California Council—2016

Workspace, 99U, Issue No. 16, Adobe—20/12/2017
Grace Street Live/Work, AIASF Design Award—01/06/2016
Grace Street Live/Work, AIACC Design Award—01/06/2016
American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design—28/03/2017
Radical Transparency, by Andy Wright, San Francisco Magazine, July issue — The Best of SF—01/07/2017