Jensen Architects refurbished a beautiful Victorian home in Alamo Square in San Francisco, USA. From the street, the original 1889 facade was faithfully restored; the rear facade displays a modern composition of sliding aluminum screens and glass.
The current owners love Alamo Square’s historic architecture but they desired the openness and flexibility of contemporary homes. This desire informed an architectural composition that integrates two identities and provides for the coexistence of old and new.
The bedrooms and social areas are located on the second and third floors, respectively, and a small garden apartment sits at ground level. Aluminum screens add to the new, modern identity of the house. They provide privacy, while allowing for unobstructed views of the square from inside.
A sculptural stair rising through all four floors provides a dramatic focal point while allowing natural light to flood the house from above. The form of the stair, a twisted volume, alternates wood-clad solids with light-filled voids. A muted interior palette of bleached white oak, marble and neutral colors, contrasts with the rich materiality of the fumed oak of the central stair, bringing the sculptural form into relief.
The main modern point in home decor is cool and edgy modern furniture with angles, sleek surfaces and bold colors, which make a cool ambience.
There’s a modern terrace, with two upholstered neon green chairs and a turquoise sofa with an integrated coffee table. A cozy ethanol fireplace is a nice piece to gather around it at night and enjoy.