Christopher Haas is an architect whose work makes you sit up and take notice. (Case in point, he was a Herzog & de Meuron project architect for the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.) That's certainly the case with this striking, black box of a house on Bernal Heights that just hit the market. The home is almost deceptively simple, and its minimalist form and high-contrast interiors will have heads turning.
From the outside, it's a simple box covered with vertical black siding. On the inside, it seems to open up with gallery-like white walls and coal-black floors. If it were all-white, it might be stark to the point of being visually chilly. But the juxtaposition of the bright-white and jet-black colors make it seem rich. Elements like an open fireplace that seperates the kitchen and living area and corner glass windows sited to embrace the views make the space dynamic. The listing for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home doesn't include square footage, but they are clear about the $1.295 million price tag.