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Pacific Heights

California
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Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Brooks Walker
Project Manager: Clark Sather
Architectural Staff: Andrew Mizell
Interiors: Durkin Design
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Ryan Associates General Contractors
Photography: Matthew Millman

The Pacific Heights residence is a renovation of a 1951 William Wurster structure to preserve the mid-century modern aesthetic and historical integrity of the structure while updating the interior spaces and building systems for energy-efficient, modern living. The reconfigured floor plan allows for additional windows around the courtyard to enhance the indoor-outdoor connections so prevalent in Wurster designs. Iconic Wurster building materials such as horizontal siding and paneling, wood windows and doors, a neutral color palette, and refined detailing reinforce the historical elements of the original residence.

Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Principal: Brooks Walker
Project Manager: Clark Sather
Architectural Staff: Andrew Mizell
Interiors: Durkin Design
Landscape: Lutsko Associates
Builder: Ryan Associates General Contractors
Photography: Matthew Millman

The Pacific Heights residence is a renovation of a 1951 William Wurster structure to preserve the mid-century modern aesthetic and historical integrity of the structure while updating the interior spaces and building systems for energy-efficient, modern living. The reconfigured floor plan allows for additional windows around the courtyard to enhance the indoor-outdoor connections so prevalent in Wurster designs. Iconic Wurster building materials such as horizontal siding and paneling, wood windows and doors, a neutral color palette, and refined detailing reinforce the historical elements of the original residence.

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“Our intention was for the addition to look seamlessly integrated, that it not consume the original structure.”
- Brooks Walker, Principal, WWA
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“The clichéd way of dealing with a modern space is to fill it with mid-century classics. We used very few found pieces; practically everything was drawn and produced for this interior. The idea was to transcend the trend, to impart a sense of timelessness so you can’t really place the vintage.”
- Douglas Durkin, Founder, Durkin Design
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Recognition

  • Architectural Digest, February 2010
  • 2008 AIA/San Francisco Living Home Tours
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