THE NEW OWNER OF A SAN FRANCISCO
pied-à-terre in an International-style 1960s residential tower designed by
architect Hewitt C. Wells soon realized that despite her lofty location on
Russian Hill, she would forfeit views if she left the interior unchanged.
Compared to her house in Marin, the 2,500-square-foot condominium seemed small. Divided into three small bedrooms, three bathrooms and discrete living spaces, the 12th-floor apartment had a couple
of corner balconies and generous floor-to-ceiling perimeter windows
facing views, but several poorly placed interior partitions obscured the
panorama of the San Francisco Bay.
Low false ceilings compounded the cramped feeling, but luckily,
“before I purchased the apartment I learned that I could raise the ceiling
heights by as much as 18 inches,” the owner says. She also knew, from
other remodels she had seen, that structural limitations would be the
only hurdles to overcome in order to move walls.
A banking executive with an eye for detail, she trolled the internet in
late 2015 looking for the right architects and discovered Garcia Tamjidi, a San Francisco firm led by architects Michael Garcia and Farid
Tamjidi, who coincidentally, like her, has Iranian roots.
The kitchen is distinguished by a
17-foot-long marble counter for
buffets. It floats above the bar
sink, right, that has a view of
Coit Tower and the S.F.-Oakland
Bay Bridge. Above this unique
ensemble is a linear recessed
light, Splitline52 by Deltalight.