Walls of glass, a full-length skylight, and a floating staircase keeps this MAK Studio–designed house feeling sunny and airy.

A large island grounds the kitchen in the middle of the space.

The renowned San Francisco-based firm MAK Studio just completed a glimmering new residence in the city’s Dolores Heights neighborhood. Challenged by a narrow city lot, the sleek structure sits back from the street to create a dedicated parking area and maximize privacy—all of which sets the stage for massive sliding doors and sunken patios across both ends of the home.

This contemporary home designed by MAK Studio is now up for sale in San Francisco's Dolores Heights neighborhood. A gated parking pad in front of the structure is bordered by a walkway from the street, which leads down past a sunken patio and living wall to the main entrance.

This contemporary home designed by MAK Studio is now up for sale in San Francisco’s Dolores Heights neighborhood. A gated front parking pad is bordered by a walkway from the street, which leads down past a sunken patio and steel-plated planters to the main entrance.

Photo by R. Brad Knipstein Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

Inside the entryway, a custom steel staircase and screen by <span style=Melissa MacDonald Metalworks filters natural light from the skylight above. The home’s inverted floor plan places each of the three bedrooms on the ground floor and the main living areas upstairs.“>

Inside the entryway, a custom steel staircase and screen by Melissa MacDonald Metalworks filters natural light from a skylight above. The home’s inverted floor plan places each of the three bedrooms on the ground floor and the main living areas upstairs.

Photo by R. Brad Knipstein Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

The design’s affinity for natural light shares some similarities with MAK Studio’s Natoma House, featured in the January/February 2020 issue of Dwell. Sleek finishes, expansive windows, and luminous staircase designs lend both homes a contemporary and serene feel, enhanced by multiple outdoor areas that are knitted into living spaces.

In the Dolores Heights property, the top-floor living areas are capped by full-height windows and doors at each end, with skylights providing even more natural light from above. The middle level, which contains the home’s three bedrooms and entryway, also features sliding glass doors that open to the outdoors, while a basement level office and family room benefit from clerestory windows along the sunken patios.

Stairs from the entryway lead up to the open-concept living/dining area and kitchen. Sliding glass doors by Fleetwood open the seating area to fresh air and a small deck.

Stairs from the entryway lead up to the open-concept living/dining area and kitchen. Sliding glass doors by Fleetwood open both ends of the upper level to the outdoors.

Photo by R. Brad Knipstein Photography for Sotheby’s International Realty

See the full story on Dwell.com: This Radiant San Francisco Residence Hits the Market at $6.8M

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