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For musicians, it's as open and functional as a warehouse.

BUILT FOR TWO musicians, this 2,500-square-foot infill house reinvests the open feeling and industrial esthetic of the warehouse the couple lived in for 11 years. At the same time, it delivers the two separate music studios they required.

Seamlessly clad in black composition shingle, the house "has a wonderfully spooky quality," observed juror Simon, "and leaves a memorable impression not unlike a black motorcycle jacket."

Behind the dark facade, the living room, dining room, and kitchen areas occupy a common space on the middle level. A double staircase in the rotunda leads to wraparound lofts overlooking the living room. One side holds a bed and sitting area, the other the master bathroom.

The skylit rotunda lets daylight penetrate to the glass-block entry in the garage, balances light throughout the house, and brings a marvelous sense of weather and time of day to living spaces. Twin studios radiate off the rear of the rotunda onto the brow of the steep site.

"The project," said Hood, "shows that innovative modern design can be appropriate in a traditional San Francisco neighborhood."
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Title Annotation:1991-1992 Western Home Awards
Publication:Sunset
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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