The 34-unit, mixed-use buildings rainscreen system consists of wood half-rounds and full rounds. Their curvature lends an even more dynamic quality to the undulating façade.

On The Boards: Wavehouse

  • The 34-unit, mixed-use buildings rainscreen system consists of wood half-rounds and full rounds. Their curvature lends an even more dynamic quality to the undulating façade.

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    The 34-unit, mixed-use buildings rainscreen system consists of wood half-rounds and full rounds. Their curvature lends an even more dynamic quality to the undulating façade.

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    Designed by Fougeron Architecture and slated to break ground this spring, Wavehouse will be located in San Francisco's bustling, pedestrian-friendly Hayes Valley neighborhood.

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    Designed by Fougeron Architecture and slated to break ground this spring, Wavehouse will be located in San Francisco's bustling, pedestrian-friendly Hayes Valley neighborhood.

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    The 34-unit, mixed-use building’s rainscreen system consists of wood half-rounds and full rounds. Their curvature lends an even more dynamic quality to the undulating façade.

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    Wavehouse is designed to meet San Franciscos green building code. Permeable pavers aid stormwater drainage, while opportunities for cross-ventilation and daylighting abound.

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    Wavehouse is designed to meet San Francisco’s green building code. Permeable pavers aid stormwater drainage, while opportunities for cross-ventilation and daylighting abound.

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    Outdoor circulation in the courtyard provides a more pleasant commute than double-loaded corridors. The courtyard is the hearth of the place, says Anne Fougeron, FAIA.

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    Outdoor circulation in the courtyard provides a more pleasant commute than double-loaded corridors. “The courtyard is the hearth of the place,” says Anne Fougeron, FAIA.

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    The mews-like courtyard allows extra daylight into the units, and supplies sight lines to the adjoining streets. A high-efficiency irrigation system captures and re-uses rainwater.

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    The mews-like courtyard allows extra daylight into the units, and supplies sight lines to the adjoining streets. A high-efficiency irrigation system captures and re-uses rainwater.

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    The ground floor plan of Wavehouse.

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    The ground floor plan of Wavehouse.

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    A typical upper floor plan at Wavehouse.

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    A typical upper floor plan at Wavehouse.

?Bay windows are synonymous with San Francisco housing, and Anne Fougeron, FAIA, enjoys them as much as the next person. Yet when the San Francisco architect went to design Wavehouse, a 34-unit condo building in the city’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, she decided on an abstract interpretation of this hallowed tradition. "We’re interested in the dynamic aspect of bay windows," Fougeron says. "But we’re creating buildings that undulate, rather than adding to the façade." Wavehouse’s faceted form grabs and extends views in the same way that a classic bay window does—but in a more streamlined fashion.

The façade’s rounded-wood rainscreen enhances the feeling of movement while referencing the area’s many wood buildings. This textured skin helps save energy, as does the project’s solar orientation and cross-ventilation. A central courtyard, with landscaping designed by Marta Fry, serves as a conductor of light and a circulation zone for residents. (Fougeron says the mews-like site plan plays off the layout of nearby Fulton Grove, a 1992 project by Dan Solomon, FAIA.)

Developers DM Development and DDG Partners will price most of Wavehouse’s units at market rate but will sell a few for substantially less to meet local affordable housing requirements. Parking is 5 feet below grade, with one spot for every two units. And the project will contain 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.

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