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This residence is located on a hill in San Francisco with sweeping views to the north of the various neighborhoods, downtown, and the bay beyond. The hill becomes so steep in front of the house that the street ends with a stair that leads down to the next intersection, a common occurrence in San Francisco when the grid of the city conflicts with the local topography. The owner was interested in a house that would be very private from the street without sacrificing views. He wanted a house that would include several rooms, but would also feel like a one room house. It was also important to him to build a house from natural materials that would be both modern and warm, and also blend well with the surroundings. The solution is a house that combines the architectural concepts of a wall, pavilion, and block.