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Looking toward the new kitchen - The large skylight is operable, and has built-in electric shades, allowing for optimal natural light & fresh air control.
When closed in the winter, the large skylight also provides free indoor heating from solar gain, and minimizes the need for electric lighting.
View of the new outdoor living deck & kitchen. In the distance, the roof top garden & relaxation area is visible.
View of the new roof garden and outdoor lounge area. The stair penthouse has a long rectangular sky light as well. All new skylights
combined drastically reduce the need for electric lighting.
Energy Efficient San Francisco Penthouse, loft & Roof Garden
New Penthouse, loft & roof
garden. Pacific Heights, San
This project involved building a new
penthouse, loft, and roof deck / roof
garden inside an existing pacific
heights apartment building.
After having first lived in one of the
existing apartments, the owners of
this building needed more space.
The exterior was considered Historic
by the City of San Francisco, which
only allowed us to alter the interior
of this old building.
A new modern, energy efficient
penthouse home was designed
inside the existing Historic shell. As
the reconfiguration of the building
resulted in reducing the number of
existing apartments, The City of San
Francisco also required that we
build a new apartment in the garage
Due to the high ceilings in this 65
year old building we choose a 'loft
style' apartment design for what was
formerly part of the garage. Holes
were cut in the old 12 inch thick
concrete walls to create a dramatic
post industrial looking effect.
At the penthouse level, there was a
chronic lack of natural light & fresh
air. Dark by 3 pm. By adding a
series of large solar electric
skylights along the full length of the
existing roof the owners drastically
improve their quality of life, and
mood, and have fresh air year round.
Both light & air are fully adjustable.
An added perk is that during the
winter, the large skylights provide
free heating from solar gain.
The need for electrical lighting, and
mechanical ventilation is also
Please contact us if you are
interested in passive solar
design. + 1 (415) 515 - 8933