Bernal Heights Residences

Bernal Heights Residences

Architect
Knock Architecture and Design
Location
California, United States | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Ryan Knock

Bernal Heights Residences

Knock Architecture and Design as Architects

This transformation of a dilapidated Victorian duplex near Holly Park Circle revitalized the front facade, while transforming the rear and roof of the project with dramatically modern features, finishes and amenities. The lower unit expanded down, to access the rear yard featuring a private garden and mature trees, while the upper unit expanded to the roof, to capture panoramic views of the park and San Francisco Bay waterfront. A very modern palette of natural white oak, dark metal accents, and dark and light stone are employed throughout.

photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock

What was the brief? 
To expand each unit, one to the ground, the other to the sky.

What were the key challenges? 
The timeline and historic siting - to create a modern large home while allow for a quick planning and building department approval. The historic considerations of the property including access to the main and lower levels, and working the design with the historic facade.

photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock

What were the solutions? 
Expand down, but not out. Utilize existing raised decks and add a roof deck for rapid approvals. Restore the original facade with new windows, historic siding, historic detailing.

photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock

What are the sustainability features? 
Solar PV on the roof, low e glazing, recycled content finishes, high value insulation, heat pump heating and cooling, LED lighting.

photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock
photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock
photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock
photo_credit Ryan Knock
Ryan Knock
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