Pacific Avenue Residence

Set into the base of a Pacific Heights home, a meditative chamber offers a quiet moment of reflection, where light spread across rich texture honors the complex pulse of the single, still moment.

The room greets you with a dividing wall that offers a choice: to enter mindfully from either left or right. Once past it, the divider bounds the space, facing a board-formed concrete wall punctuated by a simple cut lit by an embedded focal light. The light dissipates as it travels up the vertical cut, with wide wing walls on either side offering a feeling of enclosure. Their angle can be manipulated to control the amount and diffusion of light into the space.

An antique yellow pine floor grounds the space in an uplifting warmth, hand-scraped and finished with the soft sheen of tung oil; the room is otherwise marked by a tea ledge and the rhythmic grain of its live-edge acacia wood.

Year: 2009
Location: Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA
Square Footage: 400
Typology: Meditation Space