The vintage bones of an industrial loft serve as a stunning backdrop to a museum-worthy art collection.
The collection is impressive. Works by Alexander Calder, Dan Flavin, John McCracken, Gary Hume, Francis Picabia, and many more dot a series of freestanding walls and surfaces in this
“They have impeccable taste in design,” says the firm’s cofounder Martin Marciano, whose clients were inspired by Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris. “To have clients with such astute knowledge of this masterpiece of architecture—and to put it in your hands—is rare.”
And while the owners’ notable collection of some 300 pieces of work informed many of the art-hanging elements, “[The homeowners] didn’t want to live in a gallery,” says Marciano. “They wanted a home.”
And what an exquisite home the design duo delivered. From the revealed concrete walls to the open plan and steel trusses, many design elements of the original mill remain. But it’s the four-story, blackened, tubular steel stair that unites the loft so graciously. The feature leads you to a private roof deck, enclosed by a custom aluminum screen crafted for both privacy and airflow. The design-forward solution features downtown San Francisco as a focal point—and provides a safe space for the owners’ cat.
“What makes this home successful is the integration—the conversation—between the art, architecture, and design,” says the owner. Along with Fiedler Marciano, she credits
That airiness is thanks to the architectural integrity of Fiedler Marciano. A previous intervention disregarded and enclosed the roof trusses—not to mention blocked out much of the light. Post-demolition, it became clear the original design was crucial to integrate. “We wanted to get a sense of the original open plan while creating sections of privacy and art,” says Marciano. “That’s why at the end of the day the only thing that should touch the underside of roof is the master
“That was a leap they took with us since it’s a home for the two of them,” coounder Mark Fiedler says about their efforts to leave the shell unbothered. “The owners came to this building and saw these wonderful, industrial bones. It became modernism with a focus on craftsmanship and evolved into a project that crosses the line of industrial design and architecture.”
“Art, architecture, and design—that’s what living here is all about.”
The firm’s object-based approach incorporated their own custom-designed hardware, bookshelves, cabinetry, and even the
“I’m happier living where we are and more comfortable and more me than anywhere I’ve lived in my whole life,” says the owner. “Art, architecture, and design—that’s what living here is all about.”
Architect of Record: Francis Gough Architect, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Fulcrum Structural Engineering
Project Manager: Joseph Darriau
Digital Design and Fabrication: S/U/M
Design/Fabrication: Andre Caradec
Millwork: Design Woodworking Inc.