A contemporary courtyard garden provides the owners of the Tank Hill House a serene respite from the city, extending domestic life beyond the walls of the home and into the landscape. Architectural planes are explorations in the of the essence of their materials — wood, basalt and limestone. This framework is softened by planting, accented by installations of light, water and fire that weave through the house revealing glimpses of the city and the San Francisco Bay beyond.
Nano-doors create a seamless connection from the interior living space, as the new stone hearth anchors the space and creates a hub for gathering outside. The hearth itself is an abstract composition of pristine limestone and blackened steel that slides behind the flame of the linear firepit. Invoking the forces of nature, the afternoon winds from the San Francisco Bay dematerialize in the courtyard as leaves and petals dance across the base of the fireplace. At night, the courtyard is enlivened by recessed lighting highlighting the hearth niches and washing the plantings with light.