Powerful Indoor-Outdoor Interplay: The 1532 House in San Francisco
The 1532 House in San Francisco, California was especially developed by Fougeron Architecture to serve as a painting studio and modern living space for the owners. Unlike other houses in the neighborhood, this project showcases a semi-transparent facade, inviting passersby to take a peek into the artistic studio, through the open slats. The interiors are minimalist and spacious, each room featuring floor to ceiling windows that partially replace the use of common walls. The bedroom bay window on the third level even captures views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
According to the architects, the overall design “incorporates two sectional moves. A horizontal one introduces a courtyard between the front and rear structures; a vertical one brings the ground floor, which includes the garage and bedrooms, down to street level. These two design elements create a powerful interplay between inside and out and between different levels of the house and studio”. The project has no less than seven outdoor spaces, as well as decks, walkways, and gardens which unfold around the living areas.