Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture is an award-winning nationally and internationally published architecture and interiors firm based in San Francisco. The primary premise of the studio is a strong belief that collaboration with the client creates a more dynamic and unique design solution for each project. The principles of simplicity, of spaciousness and light, of synthesis and function are realized in each project. Three principals guide the design process with each client: the buildings structure as a primary expression of space, the control and infusion of natural light, and an environmentally sensitive and elegant material palette. The creative energy at Studio Sarah Willmer is vitalized by the extensive experience of its senior staff and youthful enthusiasm of recent architecture graduate students. The team is tight and selected for their unending commitment to quality architecture and critical design.
Skagit River House – Bath – Neutral Palette of Grays and Whites at Bath Elizabeth Street Residence – Bedroom – Bench at window with study beyond. Skagit River House – Living – Living Room Fireplace Wall with Shelving on either side. Skagit River House – Island at Kitchen Elizabeth Street Residence Elizabeth Street Residence – Dining – Family Room with Storage Cube and Lightwell at property line. Skagit River House – Entry: Perched at the break in the ground plane, the house faces due south with expansive views of the river through a foreground of tree trunks. A small bridge invites entry into the Douglas fir lined porch carved out of the corrugated metal cladding of the exterior, a reference to the farm buildings dotting the river’s delta. Photo: Eric Rorer Skagit River House – Dining with Kitchen Beyond: The interior spaces are bright, light filled and airy, enhancing the experience of this wooded retreat. The color palette, a combination of whites, softs grays and Douglas fir, acts as the backdrop to the couple’s furniture, carpet and book collection. Photo: Eric Rorer Park Street Residence – Rear Elevation: This renovation, located in Bernal Heights, a neighborhood built largely after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, synthesizes the vernacular character and scale of the original cottage with the growing needs of a modern family. The rear façade expresses modernity, with large expanses of glass, a canvas sunscreen and articulated volumes that connect visually and physically to the garden. Photo: Ken Gutmaker Park Street Residence – Kitchen: Expanding the house from its original 1,040 sq. ft. to a still-modest 2,170 sq.ft., the design opens the home to the southern garden, maximizing passive solar heat and light, one of many green-conscious building methods. The middle level, free of most demising walls, is dedicated to living/eating/cooking. Photo: Ken Gutmaker Magnolia Street Residence – Den: Magnolia Street residence is a renovation and addition (both vertical and horizontal) to a suburban ranch style home. The home was transformed from an inward focused home to one that opens to the extensive greenery of the neighborhood and backyard. Photo: Ben Althouse Magnolia Street Residence – Living with Dining Beyond: The client has a long time love of mid-century modern architecture and furnishings. This passion influenced the spatial character of the home as well as the cabinetry, light fixtures and tile selection. Photo: Ben Althouse Elizabeth Street Residence – Rear Elevation: A pure modernist vocabulary informs the garden facade and interior spaces of this San Francisco townhouse. All the major living spaces (family room/kitchen and bedrooms) open to the south, allowing for light-filled, garden-connecting space. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Elizabeth Street Residence – Living / Kitchen: Bench seating, kitchen island with deck beyond. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Elizabeth Street Residence – Living: A pure modernist vocabulary informs the garden facade and interior spaces of this San Francisco townhouse. All the major living spaces (family room/kitchen and bedrooms) open to the south, allowing for light-filled, garden-connecting space. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Green Street Residence – Dining with Living Beyond: Photo: Michael O’Callahan Green Street Residence – Hall Photo: Michael O’Callahan Magellan Street Residence – Kitchen: Going beyond the mandate of merely remodeling a kitchen, this renovation transformed this home from dark separate rooms to open living: connecting living room to dining to kitchen and sharing daylight between all spaces. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Magellan Street Residence – Living Room Photo: Sharon Risedorph Beverly Place Residence – Stair: Beverly Place residence is a renovation and addition to an arts and crafts style bungalow. The home was expanded from a two-bedroom one-bath bungalow to a more spacious three bedroom two and a half bath home. The clients sought to weave the vernacular character of the existing house with new modern insertions. The stair connecting to the new top floor brings light to middle of the home while the kitchen connects seamlessly to the garden. (in collaboration with clients Stacy & David Eisenmann) Photo: Sharon Risedorph Beverly Place Residence – Kitchen Photo: David Duncan Livingston Ceramic Skins: Ceramic Skins was developed during a Residency at The European Ceramic Works Center in The Netherlands. Merging the disciplines of design, architecture and craft, Sarah Willmer with ceramicist Carol Koffel experimented with ceramics beyond its traditional use in building as an opaque brick or tile. Restricting use of adhesives or grout and seeking translucency, the team designed and built a contemporary room size installation. Exploration into the fabrication of ceramic panels is ongoing. 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