‘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.
The new Schindleresque structures with flat roofs at different heights and wide overhangs, clerestory windows and an interplay of wood and stucco cladding echo work by Frank Lloyd Wright. The modular configuration of the rooms and the proportions of doors and windows are borrowed from Le Corbusier.
“I design what I think is right for the client and the site,” says Duffer. In this case, popular Cor-Ten steel, glossy prefinished Fin-ply and integrally colored stucco were used because they can be maintenance free.
“I also wanted to reduce the scale of the buildings visually. I did that by emphasizing horizontality the way Wright did,” he says.’