Center for Architecture + Design presents "Tour: Inside A Modern Wurster Masterpiece"Name: Center for Architecture + Design presents "Tour: Inside A Modern Wurster Masterpiece"Date: July 14, 2022Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDTWebsite: FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTEREvent Description:
Join us for this rare glimpse into a modern masterpiece designed by William Wurster in 1960.
The renovation of this four-level urban courtyard house is informed by a collaboration of architect and client, both current and past. Located in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco, the project’s strategic modifications to the existing envelope enrich the visual connections between its interiors and the city, bay, and distant landscapes beyond. The original organization of the interiors were adjusted to enhance connections to its entry courtyard, with a focus on creating internalized views. The urban form, image, and materiality of the building remain consistent with the original design; however, a finer grain of articulation, a sensual material palette, and new domestic programs have been added to the discourse of Wurster’s modernist vocabulary.
A series of program-specific interventions initiate relationships between the living spaces and functional cores. The floorplates are adjusted to enrich the existing and undifferentiated white volumes. The circulation is opened, flexible, and responsive to spaces, engaging new patterns of dwelling and working. Rooms overlap one another and uses are redefined through subtle shifts in material and detail.
Kuth Ranieri Architects was co-founded by Byron Kuth, FAIA, and Elizabeth Ranieri, FAIA in 1990. With offices in San Francisco and the Boston area, the firm has earned a national reputation for innovative works of architecture that integrate environmental stewardship with contemporary approaches to design, technology, and craft.
The firm’s diversity of project types varies in scale from single family homes to public park pavilions and international airport terminals. Core to the firm’s mission is sustainability, leading Byron, and Elizabeth to cofound the Deep Green Design Alliance; a cross-disciplinary collaborative focused on design solutions that address environmental challenges that shape our global future.
Along with their practice, Byron and Elizabeth have taught at California College of the Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as Friedman Professors for the Master of Architecture program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design and at UC Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering. Consistently recognized with awards and publications, their monograph, Kuth Ranieri Architects (2010), was published by The Graham Foundation / Princeton Architectural Press as part of their New Voices in Architecture series.
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