Inside the Dream Home

The Toronto Star interviewed William Duff about his design vision for Butterfly House, bringing two cultures together under one uniquely designed roof, addressing intergenerational living and the pandemic.

This is a summary of an article by Georgie Binks for The Toronto Star.

‘Living together, yet apart, is the design principle behind a unique and sprawling home in Menlo Park, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

The owners wanted a residence that mixed elements from their heritage Indian and Irish cultures. And what they both shared — open spaces — set the tone for the 5,000-sq.-ft. home that’s named Butterfly Residence for its wings-shaped roof.

A central, outdoor courtyard is the focal point of the design, with open-concept living areas surrounding the outside square. From up above, the footprint is an “H” shape.

Yet, the architects wisely included ways to separate those shared living spaces from each other, and also from the outdoors, by including accordion-style glass doors. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last March, the glass doors provide the family some separation.

“Modern architecture looks very simple when you see it, but what it takes to achieve is always quite complex,” said William Duff. “There isn’t trim and mouldings to hide mistakes, so the alignments have to be on point.”’

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