Mondrian's Window

Mondrian's Window

Form4 Architecture
San Francisco, CA, USA | View Map
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Bruce Damonte
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ÉlémentMarqueProduct Name
FabricantsWestern Window Systems
FabricantsDesign Within Reach DWR
FabricantsLigne Roset
FabricantsWest Elm

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by 3form
by CB2

Mondrian’s Window

Form4 Architecture en tant que Architectes.

Architecture/Interiors: Form4 Architecture

John Marx, AIA, Design Principal

Year:                              2014

Size:                               1,900-sqft



Designed for two artists—one also the architect—this rear addition to a one-bedroom house symbolizes architecture of linearity and sequence, where all of the rooms across the three stories have a sightline, progressively more expansive as one moves higher, overlooking a downward sloping garden and panoramas of the Bay to the North. 


At the ground level, the existing garage opens onto a new studio that opens onto the garden beyond.  Connected by a spiral staircase in the studio, the second level comprises an existing street-facing parlor and previously windowless bedroom, which now opens onto a multi-use space for painting and yoga.  The existing kitchen and dining room on the third floor open onto a live/work space that also doubles as an area in which to entertain.  The view of the Bay increases as one ascends.


Built on a lot narrower than the typical San Francisco 25-foot parcel, this three-story infill project is not visible from the street.  Instead, the existing 1,900-square-foot residence forms the primary façade of the new 1,400-square-foot addition.


The addition to the house opens up the space to provide room for creative work and an abundance of natural light.  The original spaces gain more breathing room while continuing to cater to everyday functions.  These areas were kept in the Edwardian/Arts and Crafts style in deference to two generations of artists who lived in the house prior to the current owners. 


The rear elevation, now the primary façade of the house, is rich in explicit formal references.  They range from the Dutch cabinet maker/architect Gerrit Rietveld for volumetric composition, to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian for the subdivision of the glazing and its coloring, and contemporary New York architect Richard Meier for the expression of frames containing the individual windows in and out of the primary building envelope. 


Through a language of planes, a much larger scale is hinted at than what the current footprint really affords.  In breaking down the smaller elements, blatant symmetry is avoided, while simultaneously remaining elusive.  As a result, there is some symmetry in the middle floor, wherein the sectional ins and outs activate the default flatness of the elevation.  Selective use of dichroic glass suggests further scale as a pursuit of optical vibrancy.  These bold primary colors are repeated in the two main worktables’ bright colored-glass tabletops.  The wall surface is broken up into planes in the color palette of the California morning.



Form4 Architecture believes architecture is the art of giving form to ideas.  The award-winning firm specializes in creating environments, whether for tech offices, mixed-use developments, or residences, that respond as equally to the topography of a site as they do to the people they serve.  Winner of the 2017 American Prize for Architecture, Form4 creates formal expressions that are not only poetically moving and conceptually thoughtful, but also reflective of the client’s values and goals.  As collaborative partners in the design process, the principals of Form4 Architecture—Robert J. Giannini, John Marx, AIA, Paul Ferro, AIA, and James Tefend—are personally involved with every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client's vision.  Since 1998, the firm has built a rich portfolio of award-winning work for national and international clients within diverse market sectors.



Bruce Damonte



Throughout               Studio Winterich dichroic glass

                                        Western Window Systems glazing


Floor 3                           Scandinavian Designs “Francesca” black sofa

                                        Zanotta “Butterfly” coffee table designed by Alexander Taylor

                                        Linge Roset “Lines” red credenza designed by Peter Maly (floor 3)

                                        Zanotta “Karelia” blue and yellow chairs designed by Liisi Beckmann

                                        Zanotta “Smallwire” end table designed by Arik Levy

                                        3form blue glass table

                                        Design Within Reach “Globus” red chairs designed by Jesús Gasca for Stua

                                        Scandinavian Designs black credenza

                                        IKEA glass cabinets

                                        Linge Roset orange footstool

                                        3form green glass table

                                        Davis “Lispe” dining chairs designed by Wolfgang Mezger

                                        Mission Motif “Arts and Crafts” rug

                                        West Elm bookcases


Floor 2                           CB2 “Fuel” red credenza

                                        CB2 “This is Art” rug designed by Matthew Lew

                                        IKEA glass wardrobe  

                                        Zanotta “Smallwire” end table designed by Arik Levy

                                        West Elm bookcases


Floor 1                           CB2 “TPS” orange and blue filing cabinets

                                        Design Within Reach “Globus” red chairs designed by Jesús Gasca for Stua

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