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Janus House by Kennerly Architecture & Planning

By Holly von Huene


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San Francisco-based architectural firm Kennerly Architecture & Planning has designed the Janus House.

Most interesting is this home’s dual personality. Looking at it from the front, one appreciates a restored Victorian facade.

Meanwhile the back facade is a modern one, made of recycled plastic and featuring massive glass walls.

Completed in 2012, this contemporary home is located in San Francisco, California, USA.

Janus House by Kennerly Architecture & Planning:

“A house on a through-block lot responds to its dichotic circumstance with two distinct faces – A restored Victorian facade addresses the more formal northern frontage, and a modern one opens to the south across the other – an ad hoc row of homes, cottages and small apartment buildings.

The old facade is an elegant mask fronting three original rooms of handsome proportion. The modern face is an open gable framing two levels of family rooms with operable glass walls and a syncopated screen of white recyclable plastic.

Inside, old and new blend together in an open suite of rooms. Upstairs, the existing attic was mined for unused space to create quirky gabled bedrooms each with its own character.”

Photos by: Bruce Damonte

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About Holly von Huene

Holly is a freelance writer living in Toronto. She has written for HomeDSGN for more than 3 years and contributed architecture, interior design and lifestyle content for a number of other publications, including DesignBoom, Apartment Therapy and ArchDaily. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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