Iconic Life

From metropolitan manses to seaside estates, the exclusive designs of Walker Warner Architects reflect their unique surroundings.

Set between lava rock formations and unobstructed ocean views, a house in Hawaii has glass walls that open on two sides, creating a pavilion that captures tropical breezes and sunset views. In a San Francisco neighborhood, a 1920s Italian Renaissance-style home showcases a modern expansion that brings in light and space without compromising the historic architecture.

Not far away, in the suburban enclave of Woodside, a residence shaded by 80-foot-tall oak trees is at once modern and organic, reaching out into the parklike grounds. And in a remote area of the Sierra Nevadas, a timber-framed wilderness cabin is an off-the-grid retreat detailed with reclaimed wood, old-quarry granite and steeply pitched metal roof forms.

All four architecturally significant homes—located on spectacular sites—were designed by the principals of Walker Warner Architects, a 32-year-old San Francisco-based firm that has carved out a niche designing high-end, elegant homes for well-heeled Bay Area clients—residences that are less about making a statement and more about making peace with their surroundings.

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