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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.