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Folsom Street Residential Laboratory in San Francisco, California by Todd Verwers Architects

 
December 20th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Todd Verwers Architects

This urban loft space for a single man occupies the entire top floor of a 1920’s concrete frame structure in San Francisco’s Soma neighborhood.  The space, essentially a “toolbox” for the owner’s urban lifestyle, is unique in its adaptation of commercial and institutional materials and components to residential functions.  Off the shelf laboratory cabinet modules form the kitchen, a customized computer floor forms the sleeping platform, and a precision aluminum framing system creates the enclosure and adaptable framework for an “electronics laboratory”.  In some cases, these modular components were customized to specific client requirements.

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

  • Architects: Todd Verwers Architects
  • Project: Folsom Street Residential Laboratory
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Client: Withheld
  • General Contractor: BIG Construction
  • Photographs: Marion Brenner
  • Software used: Vectorworks

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

The client’s lifestyle is very utilitarian, blending professional, technology-based investigations with private activities and domestic functions.  The design draws heavily on the client’s desire for a space exuding a practical, modern simplicity, and was heavily influenced by the his sensitivities regarding aesthetics, adaptability and re-use, prefabrication, and modularity of components, etc..  Functional insertions into the existing concrete shell created an efficient, adaptable “armature” for his evolving needs and lifestyle.  In this respect, the space is a residential laboratory.

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

Image Courtesy Marion Brenner

Second Floor Plan

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Categories: Laboratory and Office, Residential, Vectorworks

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