Modern Urban San Francisco “Flip House” by Fougeron Architects

Gallery featuring photographs of the striking Flip House, a modern San Francisco design by Fougeron Architects
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Modern urban home in San Francisco by Fougeron Architects

Welcome to our gallery featuring images of the Flip House, a San Francisco residence completely transformed by Fougeron Architects.

The aim with this complete renovation was to reintegrate an idiosyncratic San Francisco home into its bold landscape, using modern styling and light to create a strikingly original structure. The facade and interior spaces alike have been completely flipped to both reflect and stand apart from its surroundings.

Originally, this home’s many levels were poorly integrated with respect to natural light and airflow. Fougeron recast the back of the house as its exterior focal point with a multifaceted custom glass wall. The facade is divided into three vertical panels, flexing inward and out.

The prismatic design animates light coming in, while affording spectacular views to the common living spaces, which were moved to the rear of the home to take advantage of the new design. Private spaces, including bedrooms, were reversed to the home’s front.

A singular staircase linking all three levels and the lower garden keeps circulation naturally flowing. Front street-level entry was redesigned to lead into an open foyer, connecting the main staircase and a guest room and den area. The fully open plan affords the kitchen and living room space connectivity and a wide vista of San Francisco.

We hope you enjoy this spectacularly modern home design as much as we do!


Here's the upper prism structure of the external glass wall. The angular design refracts light in surprising ways throughout the space.

Here’s the upper prism structure of the external glass wall. The angular design refracts light in surprising ways throughout the space.

Here is the upper living room space and balcony as seen through a sliding glass door on the rear facade. Main staircase and glass panel walls are seen indoors beyond the black rug over all-white flooring.

Here is the mid level living room space and balcony as seen through a sliding glass door on the rear facade. Main staircase and glass panel walls are seen indoors beyond the black rug over all-white flooring.

Here's a profile view of the back of the home, showcasing both the minimalist living room, with splashes of red and black, and the alternating prism shapes of the rear glass facade. Black sound dampener on the ceiling reflects the shape.

Here’s a profile view of the back of the home, showcasing both the minimalist living room, with splashes of red and black, and the alternating prism shapes of the rear glass facade. Black sound dampener on the ceiling reflects the shape.

This striking side view of the home showcases the minimalist structure, with two layers visible at once. Upper living room features white leather chaise near windows, with all white furniture surrounding grey shag rug and red coffee table. Lower room features black rug and red chair standing out in all white space.

This striking side view of the home showcases the minimalist structure, with two layers visible at once. Upper living room features white leather chaise near windows, with all white furniture surrounding grey shag rug and red coffee table. Lower room features black rug and red chair standing out in all white space.

Here's an angled view of the same two spaces, revealing the glass railings that surround each floor with black metal trim, the black mesh staircase construction, and the expansive view through the rear glass facade.

Here’s an angled view of the same two spaces, revealing the glass railings that surround each floor with black metal trim, the black mesh staircase construction, and the expansive view through the rear glass facade.

The upper floor as seen from deep within: white spaces throughout, with natural wood dining table over grey rug on right, and marble island on left.

The upper floor as seen from deep within: white spaces throughout, with natural wood dining table over grey rug on right, and marble island on left. Minimalist living room features all white seating around bright red table.

The upper floor as seen from living room space features open design kitchen with white countertops and cabinetry, with transparent plastic bar stool seating at island.


The upper floor as seen from living room space features open design kitchen with white countertops and cabinetry, with transparent plastic bar stool seating at island.

Main staircase as seen from middle level. Entryway features built in shelving and storage on left wall, below coral reef art.

Main staircase as seen from middle level. Entryway features built in shelving and storage on left wall, below coral reef art.

Vertical look straight down the central staircase, highlighting open column for airflow and sunlight.

Vertical look straight down the central staircase, highlighting open column for airflow and sunlight.

The black mesh metal staircase allows light through, while standing out in full contrast from the thoroughly white interior.

The black mesh metal staircase allows light through, while standing out in full contrast from the thoroughly white interior.

Finally, a few of the rear glass prism facade as seen from the ground level. Glass panels in multiple angles refract reflections of the surrounding nature, diffusing any flat surfaces.

Finally, a few of the rear glass prism facade as seen from the ground level. Glass panels in multiple angles refract reflections of the surrounding nature, diffusing any flat surfaces.

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