50-foot-high home in San Francisco



Local artist Sana Kawano needed a place where she could be free and paint or create sculpture without receiving complaints from the neighbors like she did when she was working in her studio which was basically a Castco tent warmed by patio heaters. When, in 2002, her husband John Dunham sold his start-up Caw Networks she saw that as a change to finally fulfill their dream of living in the city in a home with a spacious, indoor art studio.

50-foot-high home in San Francisco

They decided to build a house. It was a modern, metal-wrapped home located in San Francisco. The construction was completed in 2007 for $3 million. It’s a 50 foot high structure that covers an area of 4,620-square-foot. It’s a 4-story building with a steel staircase. The building has an elevator so the owners are not forced to run up and down the stairs. Still, while Ms. Kawano prefers the elevator, Mr. Dunham, a cyclist, prefers to rather do some exercises.

50-foot-high home in San Francisco

50-foot-high home in San Francisco bedroom

50-foot-high home in San Francisco kitchen

50-foot-high home in San Francisco living

50-foot-high home in San Francisco bedroom

The house features a 10-foot-tall steel door that leads to a spacious hallway. There’s also a separate entrance to the ground-floor art studio. The new studio has concrete floors and exposed steel beams, as well as a glass wall that allows views to the garden, the fountain and the stone-sculpting area. The house also includes an office and a guest room at the second floor. The main living spaces are on the third and fourth floors in order to the advantage of the city views. It seems like the onwers made their dream come true.{found on wsj}


Published by in Architecture, on November 17th, 2011

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