Michael Hennessey Architecture

Michael Hennessey Architecture

A San Francisco architecture studio devoted to detailing, craft, proportion, and harnessing the wonders of natural daylight. Working with clients in a collaborative manner to address specific needs in a rigorous and inspired way is at the core of the office's ethos. Since 2009, MHA has found joy in approaching each project as a unique design endeavor that responds to particular site, budget, and programmatic requirements.

Peninsula Addition/Renovation

A young family approached us to create a greater connection between the interior of their ranch-style bungalow and the rear yard. The proposed kitchen, family room, office, and master suite were designed to open the home to the outdoors.

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Franklin Street Residences

This two-unit residential building proposes an alternate organization of conventional building strategies found throughout San Francisco. At the front elevation, a modern bay window is employed, responding to the scale and rhythm of the more traditional bay windows found on this street.

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Diamond Heights Renovation

For this interior renovation to an existing 1965 Eichler we decided to strike a balance between the positive, inherent qualities of an Eichler structure with modern improvements that enhance rather than compete with the existing building.  The existing post & beam structure is accentuated, creating a layered composition of structure, wood veneer, concrete, and tile elements.

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Laidley Street Residence

A rare empty lot in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco served as the site for this ground-up residence. The design goal of the project was to harness natural light throughout the day, capture views of a wind-swept park, and to make a strong visual connection to the split-level road at the front of the property.

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Sonoma Barn

This project renovates an existing pre-engineered metal barn into a music room, mezzanine, exercise room, and restrooms, for a professional musician. The building is located on a private vineyard within the hills above the Sonoma Valley where temperatures during the summer can become excessive, demanding a clear passive cooling strategy to create comfortable habitable spaces.

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Federal Street Renovation

The owner of this commercial office building requested that the lobby be renovated to create a more inviting entry into this concrete-framed structure that was originally built in 1923. The design solution was to create a canopy that projected from the face of the front elevation, along with a warm wood interior, to draw people into the building.

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A San Francisco architecture studio devoted to detailing, craft, proportion, and harnessing the wonders of natural daylight. Working with clients in a collaborative manner to address specific needs in a rigorous and inspired way is at the core of the office’s ethos. Since 2009, MHA has found joy in approaching each project as a unique design endeavor that responds to particular site, budget, and programmatic requirements.