Here is a home whose location dazzles the mind. Situated on a steeply sloped terrain and surrounded by lush vegetation, this home is both spectacular and secluded. The Belvedere Residence was designed by Gwathmey Siegel& Associates Architects and overlooks the San Francisco Bay, having an unobstructed panoramic perspective all the way to the Golden gate Bridge. The first noticeable unusual feature of the building is its vertical construction, making the views of its upper floors truly remarkable. Here is more on the home’s architecture: “A barrel-vaulted ceiling articulates the living and dining spaces at the topmost level of the main house, and a large deck projects towards the bay to extend the space into the landscape.
Other, smaller projections from the house’s main volume towards the bay provide more intimate spaces for dining or leisure, producing a façade which can be read as a hierarchy of varying degrees of enclosure within the tripartite structural scheme. Bedrooms, a study and a two-story play area occupy the intermediate floors, while a gym of the lowest level offers close proximity to an outdoor terrace with lap pool, whose “infinity edge” of water establishes a poetic connection to the bay beyond.” Photos by Mark Schwartz.