Mork-Ulnes designs unconventional house in San Francisco

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Mork-Ulnes Architects, known for their innovative designs, has recently completed the Silver Lining House in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. The house was specifically designed for architectural photographer Bruce Damonte and interior designer Alison Damonte, creating a space that not only showcases their treasured belongings but also supports their creative work.

Situated among the iconic Victorian and Edwardian homes that line the hilly streets of Bernal Heights, the Silver Lining House stands out with its crisp, gabled form and striking black-stained cedar cladding. The team at Mork-Ulnes Architects aimed to create a home that conceptually functions as a container for the Damontes’ furniture and art collections, as well as a laboratory for their work.

With a rectangular plan, the house spans three levels and features facades punctuated with openings of varying sizes. While the design takes cues from the surrounding Victorian homes in terms of scale and massing, it also breaks from tradition with its black-painted facade and ribbon windows, which visually connect the interior to the neighborhood.

The home’s interior design, overseen by Alison Damonte, reflects the owners’ creative spirit with a mix of colors, textures, and patterns. Mirrored surfaces throughout the house add a playful touch while creating unique spatial and light-generating effects. Sustainability was also a priority, with elements such as high-performance windows, exterior solar shading, and rooftop solar panels with a Powerwall battery system.

The completion of the Silver Lining House marks the end of a journey that began over a decade ago when the Damontes purchased a modest residence in Bernal Heights. After a fire destroyed parts of the house, the couple enlisted Mork-Ulnes Architects to salvage and rework the design, ensuring that their ultimate goal of creating a home that acted as a capsule of art and inspiration was still achieved.

Mork-Ulnes Architects, known for their innovative and sustainable designs, have once again impressed with the completion of the Silver Lining House. This project beautifully combines the architectural vision of Casper Mork-Ulnes and the creative spirit of Bruce and Alison Damonte to create a unique and stunning home that stands out among the traditional homes of Bernal Heights.

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