Ogrydziak Prillinger, a multi-award winning San Francisco architectural firm, is known for designs that tell stories and structures that look as much like sculptures as buildings.
Anyone who has walked through South Park has undoubtedly noticed, and perhaps even stopped to consider, the company’s famous “Gallery House”, which was designed expressly to house the extensive collection of ‘works of a couple’s female artists and has become a work of art in itself.
The house’s most notable exterior feature is its contemporary latticework facade, which was in fact derived to resolve a “tension between urban code and freedom of expression” – a strategic mathematical reading of urban planning codes related to bay windows, which are designed to encourage The Victorian style bay window design has given a triangular woven effect that not only marks the exterior but also provides a unique viewing experience through the glass walls within. The house has won a series of impressive awards.
The owners, a virologist and a mathematician, wanted each area of the house to offer a different experience of the artwork. Their private collection, along with pieces from other collectors, occupied the street-level gallery which also provides space to host lectures and community gatherings. The ground floor now also includes fully leased commercial office space.
The interior of the house is bathed in natural light thanks to skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the park.
Soaring ceilings, poured concrete floors, a steel staircase lend a modern industrial vibe, but features like a wine cellar and well-equipped chef’s kitchen keep the space welcoming for entertaining. Cooks will appreciate the abundance of kitchen storage, two sinks, stainless steel appliances and a sprawling center island.
The third level houses three bedrooms and two bathrooms each with bright light and elegant touches. Take in sweeping views of the skyline and South Park from this level.
A sculpture garden and a green roof planted with drought-resistant plants crown the house.
Light was a major facet of the design with a sawtooth roof over the stairs, and a north skylight and diffused glass in the south storefront. Take the elevator to discover the play of light through the four floors.
Bathrooms: 2 full, 2 half
Area: 5,418 square feet
Asking price: $12,000,000
// 70 South Park Street (South Beach); For more information, visit 70southpark.com.