San Francisco dwelling workplace merges productiveness and home calm
A lofty San Francisco dwelling workplace by studio OPA affords far-reaching views
Architects Luke Ogrydziak and Zoë Prillinger of studio OPA had been requested to return to a residential venture they designed in 2005 – T Home – for the addition of a San Francisco dwelling workplace atop the present construction. Nicknamed The Aerie, the brand new design not solely crowns a comparatively clear and sober constructing with a considerably flamboyant extension, but additionally affords a next-generation dwelling workplace for its homeowners, a pair with three youngsters.
Whereas the venture’s spectacular, angular kinds could be the very first thing to catch the attention, it was the shaping of the interior lighting situations that led a lot of the design growth. OPA labored with parametric methods and consultants Loisos & Ubbelohde with the intention to good each little element and nook, inside and outside. ‘We needed to create the impact of “floating” above the house and downtown San Francisco. To realize this, we determined to make the partitions and ceiling disappear,’ Ogrydziak says. ‘Wrap-around glass gives a panoramic view of the town and Marin [County] past. Above, the roof consists solely of skylights sitting above a multi-layer system of diffusers, which scale back glare and react to totally different lighting situations. The result’s an unusually delicate, even gentle which varies with atmospheric situations and makes the room really feel like being outdoors, whereas nonetheless sustaining visible consolation.’
Inside, a daybed is available for work breaks and moments of contemplation
A mix of digital research and scale fashions helped the staff mould their concepts, testing totally different skylight and window glazing methods in various gentle situations alongside the best way. The ultimate expression combines a skylight diffuser and operable shades; collectively, these provide quite a lot of illumination choices that may be tailored to go well with a variety of wants – and all of it occurs routinely, utilizing a intelligent system that controls the ambient gentle. Sverre Fehn’s Nordic Pavilion in Venice served as inspiration. ‘We had been aiming for the same ethereal high quality of extremely diffuse pure gentle,’ says Ogrydziak.
The architects labored arduous to verify the customers get optimum working situations inside, together with two built-in, but adaptable desks, hidden cupboard space, a digital stereo system (the angled ceiling breaks up the sound waves, decreasing reverberation occasions), a bookshelf, and even a daybed for breaks. The Aerie’s aluminium-clad, convex-faceted form cantilevers in the direction of the Bay. It’s gleaming and distinctive, like a sci-fi management room born out of Twenty first-century wants, completely designed to supply a transparent and wholesome psychological separation between dwelling and workspace. §