Reclaimed Redwood


This house sits on a precarious, triangular site overlooking the city of San Francisco.  Anchored with a concrete plinth, the house has two wood volumes connected with a glass atrium.

The redwood siding was salvaged and re-purposed from a hangar at Moffett Airfield. It was re-finished and detailed with tongue-and-groove joints, then assembled with the precision of a piece of furniture.  The fine grain shows the age of the trees used, possibly harvested many decades ago from virgin growth of California a forest. This tight grain is not just beautiful, but it means it still will many years of remaining useful life.

When we speak of materials in architecture, a project becomes more relevant and meaningful when we use materials that are related to the building’s environment and place. I love not only how this was designed to so well sit on this steep and unusual slice of land, but also how the designers have re-used this local materials to sheathe a livable and poetic home.

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