Signature Architects of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Widely admired, they are the stuff of legend.

This book takes aim at the little-known Bay Area architects—in other words, everyone else. People talk about filmmakers with ease, about writers, even painters.

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But most architects remain unknown. Maybeck and Morgan did much to create what we call Bay Area architecture.

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The fifteen architects profiled in this book were chosen not because they are the best the area has produced, though several are, but because their stories, taken together, provide a solid history of Bay Area architecture—residential architecture in particular. One day maybe they will.

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ISBN When talk turns to architects who have made their mark in the San Francisco Bay Area, it often stops Widely admired, they are the stuff of legend. In a new book on the "signature" styles of Bay Area architecture, author and architecture critic Dave Weinstein takes aim at some of the most important yet lesser-known Bay Area architects-in other words, everyone else.

What began as an outgrowth of articles he had written for the San Francisco Chronicle about preserving historic buildings is now a definitive work on the architecture of an area that is unlike any other. The fifteen architects profiled here were chosen not because they are the best the area has produced though several are but because their stories, taken together, provide a solid history of Bay Area residential architecture.

Climate, geography and lifestyle all contributed to the development of each of Callister's projects, using a technique he described as "listening" for the structure to manifest itself. At Duncan House, which offers tremendous views of the city and Bay, cable cars and ferry boats were the muse behind the centerpiece of the house: an immense, arched roof of unfinished redwood that took nearly two years to complete.

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Callister also borrowed heavily from the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, a concept derived from the Buddhist assertion of the three marks of existence. Throughout Duncan House, trios of wood and glass are used to create rhythm and visual texture while grounding the occupants among foot ceilings. Built on a hillside, the position and form of the house integrate with the demands of the site.

Contrasting horizontal and vertical spaces tie seamlessly through varying ceiling heights, creating dramatic, light-filled spaces. This architectural device is designed to evoke appreciation, awe and inspiration. Callister considered the changing spatial proportions of Duncan House to evoke two moods — 'party' and 'temple'.