\"As a frame of reference, San Francisco is Zone 4,\" says architect David Bourke. \"So it's not like being right on the San Andreas Fault, but earthquake protection definitely played a significant role in the structural design.\" The wood framing, for example, is bolted to the foundation and roof. The house also contains four 1-ton, steel earthquake-resistant frames. These are standard operating procedure here to combat the lateral forces of an earthquake, though they’re usually hidden inside the walls of the house. In Bourke’s design, they're a visible and celebrated architectural feature.
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