Duncan Residences

This pair of new 3-story, ground-up single-family residences are located in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.

Set side-by-side on one of San Francisco's few remaining vacant lots between existing homes on either side, the houses are terraced vertically along the depth of the steeply sloped hillside lot. Making tmost of the long and narrow lot, a central courtyards function not only as the main entry to the house but also as a courtyard space that can provide light and ventilation to the center portion of the home.

Generous glazing is deployed throughout the homes to maximize the downtown San Francisco views from the front of the house and also to connect to the rear-yard excavated courtyard.