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Natural Instincts By Megan Drueding – William S. Duff Jr. , AIA, and his clients approached ecofriendliness in a holistic way at the Wheeler Residence in Menlo Park, Calif. They wanted the entire house, including the kitchen, to reflect a subtle yet strong environmental commitment — one that happily co-existed with the… Read more

Wheeler Residence Menlo Park, California, USA William Duff Architects Photography: Lucas Fladzinski and Jim Thompson This 4,850-square-foot house seamlessly integrates sustainable building with modern design. It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a 498-square-foot cabana with a guest room and a bathroom as well as a pool. The design is… Read more

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Green Retail Design by Martin Pegler recognizes William Duff Architect’s retail department and their designs for both Timbuk2 and Mixt Greens, citing their environmentally friendly designs and products.

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William Duff Architects Timbuk 2 designs were featured in Shop! Best of Store Design for it’s combination of rugged and urban styles which reflect our firms design-oriented style.

Moving on Up On a Cow Hollow rooftop, and indoor-outdoor pied-à-terre makes the most of 270-degree views. By Leilani Labong – The story starts with a magnificent, albeit ubiquitous, San Francisco scene: On a sunny autumn day in 2002, friends gather on a rooftop in Cow Hollow for an impromptu barbecue set… Read more

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Wheeler Residence Integrating high-end modern design and a commitment to green building, this new house makes use of an existing foundation to create dramatic living spaces that flow into the landscape. The material palette includes Cor-ten steel, stained concrete mixed with fly-ash and Fin-Ply panels. Passive ventilation, radiant floors, solar hot water and photovoltaic power dramatically reduce energy use…. Read more

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Sometimes the ideal architectural canvas is not blank but rather rich in character, modest in ornament; a piquant template to reinvent. An existing 5,000-square-foot shell space with dynamic features afforded the ideal starting point for the new headquarters of Novo Construction, a distinguished Bay Area builder. William Duff Architects transformed this raw… Read more

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At Home with Nature A house designed with sustainability in mind can be the perfect blend of creature comforts and environmental responsibility.

William Duff Jr.’s experience with commercial, mixed-use, retail and restaurant projects deepens the pool of knowledge he draws on in the creation of designs for high-end residences, since he is familiar with a comprehensive array of materials and techniques. As a LEED-certified architect, he has further expanded his design palette… Read more

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Even though he knows what his designs will look like long before construction begins, William Duff feels a rush every time he sees a house framed. At that moment, the unique architecture of every space becomes immediately perceptible for architect and client alike.

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By Zahid Sardar – San Francisco architect William Duff designed a reprise of midcentury modernism in this new Menlo Park retreat. But it’s not just ideas that have made a comeback. Because the owners wanted to limit their carbon footprint, some materials in the house are also salvaged.