Flip House, San Francisco
Fougeron Architecture
San Francisco

This radical reinterpretation of a typical San Francisco rowhouse wowed the jury. “It reinvents the rowhouse renovation typology in a way that’s so fresh,” observed one judge. Architect Anne Fougeron, FAIA, opted to flip the home’s floor plan, placing the main living spaces at the rear of the building and the bedrooms at the front. She consolidated its vertical circulation, removing a series of disconnected staircases in favor of one main, perforated-metal stairwell. The new design also replaces most of the rear façade with a dramatic, faceted glass wall.

This creative arrangement scoops up views of the city and plays with natural light. “The view is off to the side, and we wanted to respond to that,” says principal Anne Fougeron, FAIA. “Now there’s a relationship between the different floors without making the house substantially bigger.”

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Project Credits

Principal in charge: Anne Fougeron, FAIA
Project architect: Todd Aranaz
General contractor: Dermot Barry, San Francisco
Project size: 3,056 square feet
Site size: 0.06 acre
Construction cost: $275 per square foot
Photographer: Joe Fletcher Photography

Product Details

Bathroom cabinetry: Custom by Kenwood Cabinetry kenwoodcabinetry.com
Bathroom fixtures: Duravit duravit.us
Cooktop: Wolf subzero-wolf.com
Countertops: Caesarstone caesarstoneus.com
Doors: Fleetwood fleetwoodusa.com
Garbage disposal: Franke franke.com
Hardware: Omnia omniaindustries.com
Insulation: CertainTeed certainteed.com
Kitchen cabinets: Custom by Kenwood Cabinetry kenwoodcabinetry.com
Kitchen fittings: Franke franke.com; KWC kwcamerica.com
Lighting: Birchwood birchwoodlighting.com; Delta deltalight.com
Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero subzero-wolf.com
Skylight: Velux veluxusa.com
Windows: Custom by McLaughlin Windows & Doors mclaughlinwindows.com