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The Flip House- an interesting name for a project that manages in an interesting way to reconnect an existing site to the surrounding landscape that was initially ignored.
Conceived by Fougeron Architecture and located in the modern town of San Francisco, the “renovation” includes a custom built glass facade that opens the interior space, creating a visual inside-outside connection and resulting in a modern, airy building .The circulation throughout the construction was improved by utilizing one single steel stairwell that unifies the created spaces and the garden situated below. A unification of the living and kitchen space was also in order,in an open plan space that windows the striking image of the city and Bay .Due to the slope plan of the area, or better said despite, the architects considered turning the back of the house into the front one by attaching it the interesting glass facade.Now, the entry leads you to a foyer that disperses the circulation and comes in the advantage of its inhabitants.A flip that conversed an solitary house into one that communicates with its surroundings and takes advantage of its placement in the sunny land of California.
Fougeron architecture: “Like many San Francisco homes, this one poorly integrated its many levels with each other and with its sloping topography and solar orientation. Reversing its reading, we recast the back of the house as its primary façade with a faceted, custom-built glass wall. Divided into three vertical panels that push in and out, this dynamic prism brings animating light and spectacular views to the communal living spaces, now placed at the rear. Bedrooms were flipped to the front.We also rationalized the circulation, replacing disconnected staircases with one rear stair that smoothly links all three levels and the garden below. The street-level entry now leads to a generous foyer that is open to this staircase and to a guest room/den. The open plan of the second floor allows the kitchen and living room space to look down into this den and outward to the striking city, Bay, and garden vistas beyond.”
The edgy,innovative lines have transformed this house and integrated it properly into the existing site, obtaining beautiful views of the city of San Francisco.
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Photographs: Joe Fletcher
Photo courtesy to Fougeron Architecture