Four Seasons

A few insightful moves transform a cramped apartment into a spacious San Francisco aerie.

Precise, thoughtful changes to the original, uninspired layout of this South of Market condominium have liberated its innermost spaces, expanded its sense of spaciousness, and opened up magnificent views from the very moment of entry. Now, the foyer opens immediately to the view to the southeast and San Francisco Bay. To the right, a gallery frames the view to the southwest draws guests to the living room, with its panoramic outlook on the city.

The detailing of the gallery walls scored to recall stone joinery and an illusionistic floor pattern in wood and stone lengthens the perspective, making the apartment seem larger and more stately. While extending the sense of distance, the plan actually reduces the extent of hallways, devoting space instead to a larger walk in closet and beautifully detailed marble bathroom.

A fully integrated digital system controls the home’s lighting, shades, curtains, and audiovisual system.

Photography: Ethan Kaplan
Interior Designer: Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates
Publications: Small Firm Great projects