In October of last year, I spent a couple of days photographing a new project by my longtime client building Lab. Architect Stephen Shoup is a mid-century specialist and so this contemporary house in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood got a little injection of that aesthetic while being transformed in some fundamental ways.
The most impressive of the changes was Stephen’s complete “flip” of the staircase, which originally wound back and forth between the left and right sides of the structure. Stephen envisioned an elegant “hanging” staircase that runs in continuous line all the way down the right side, from the top floor to the ‘basement’ & patio, 4 stories below.
Take a close look at the photo below: the bottom tread doesn’t touch the floor. Everything hangs from the slender rod.
Stephen’s design aesthetic is un-touchable. I find it difficult to photograph his work because there are just too many beautiful compositions and settling on just one or two in a given area is painful. But of course that’s also what makes it rewarding: I can really make ART when I’m working on a building Lab project.
Here’s a sampling of what we shot over the course of 2 days: