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    San Francisco Rooftop Apartment

    by Julio Fajardo

    This apartment, within an old paint factory in San Francisco, was created when the owner decided to add a home to his studio. It was important to separate the work area from the personal, which occupies a new level built atop the original rectangular structure. Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects designed the addition and renovation project.

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    A mezzanine containing the kitchen, bathroom, and storage space connects to the upper level, which holds the living room, dining room, and bedroom.

    Each successive level enjoys better illumination, beginning with the darker studio and culminating on the top floor where large windows and a terrace offer impressive views of San Francisco and the bay.

    The sliding doors, installed upon the metallic structure to which floor-to-ceiling windows are fixed, separate the various sections of the upper level. The absence of walls emphasizes the feeling of spaciousness and allows light to pass from one area to another.

    The kitchen and bathroom occupy a level slightly below the rest of the residence, although visually they are connected to the top floor. The abundant light from the terrace illuminates this intermediary level, which acts as a transitional space between the work area below and the home area above.   >>>

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    This article is excerpted from Designer Apartments by Julio Fajardo, copyright © 2010, with permission of the publisher, h.f.ullmann, an imprint of Tandem Verlag. Translated from Spanish into English by Frieda B.K.



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    In San Francisco, California, Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects designed a multilevel apartment addition to the owner's existing studio in a former paint factory.
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    The upper floor of the apartment addition is an extensively glazed penthouse containing the living, dining, and sleeping areas. A narrow rooftop patio runs along one side of the penthouse.
    Photo: © Stan Musilek, Sharon Reisdorph Extra Large Image


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