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Press kit - Press release - Bal House - Terry & Terry Architecture

Bal House

Menlo Park, United States

Terry & Terry Architecture

Berkeley, United States, 2015-10-26 -

This project consists of a single-story addition and renovation to an existing mid-century ranch house in Menlo Park, California.


Conceived for a retired couple, the open and accessible design integrates the living space with the rear garden to create a well-lit domestic extension. Comprised of two floating volumes, the addition formally designates the bedroom to the west and the main (common) space to the east. The two wings gradually diverge from the original structure to generate a glass-clad fissure in between. This void space pulls the garden inwards, injecting elements of the outdoors into the core of the house.


The bedroom wing/volume, which is located on the west side of the house encompasses the existing bedroom volume which was extended toward the rear in the form of a wood tube to accommodate an additional bedroom. This bedroom volume opens out to the garden.


The second volume, which comprises the main space, houses the kitchen, dining and media areas. The east wood wall plane of the main space folds onto two concrete walls to form the main roof plane. The main space produces large transparent openings or voids that open out onto a deck at the rear garden. The main roof plane extends forward to form the carport roof near the front of the property. A garden concrete wall stretches out from the media room toward the garden adjacent to a rear ramp and forms part of the cantilevered bench that echoes the concrete wall material in the main space.


The original structure, which houses the music room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, was retained and renovated. A new steel bay window seat was inserted at the front bedroom to replace a small existing window. The front entry porch was extended and rebuilt with hardwood decking connecting to the new driveway. The fireplace chimney was reconstructed and, along with the carport storage volume, was skinned with recycled epdm rubber. A new hallway/ passage and wood skinned storage wall were designed into the core of the structure to engage and connect the materiality of the new addition with the existing structure.


This project has won numerous honor and merit awards from several AIA chapters, one just recently from the AIA San Francisco chapter as well as other design awards from SPARK and Residential Architect Design Awards (RADA).


Terry & Terry Architecture prides itself on its ability to combine innovative architectural theory and practice. The partners, Alexander and Ivan Terry, each have over twenty years of experience, offering both design concepts and professional production services in architecture. Terry & Terry Architecture aspires to improve the quality of life through design excellence-- thus exploring design challenges at all levels, from furniture design to urban design with a focus on innovation in response to changing conditions.


Project Data

Project:  Bal House

Location:  Menlo Park, California

Architects:  Terry & Terry Architecture 

Project Team: Alex Terry, Ivan Terry, Matt Bisset

Project Engineer: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc. San Francisco

Completion Date: July 2011 

Contractor:  Timberline Construction

Photographer: Bruce Damonte

Project Area: 2000 sq. Ft.

 


General Specifications

 

Structural system:

Cast in place Concrete, Wood/steel frame

 

Exterior cladding

Concrete: Bode Concrete, San Francisco

Wood: Ipe wood Cladding

 

Roofing

Built-up roofing: Dibiten Roofing

 

Windows

Aluminum:  Fleetwood USA Window and Doors sales@fleetwoodusa.com

Bay Window:  Custom Fabrication TTA

 

Glazing

Glass: Tempered Frameless Glass Panels

Skylights: Custom

 

Doors

Wood doors: Custom Manufactured Interior doors

Sliding doors: Fleetwood USA Window and Doors sales@fleetwoodusa.com                  

 

Hardware

Locksets: Omnia

Pulls: Hafele http://www.hafele.com/us/

Cabinet hardware: Hafele

 

Interior finishes:

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom Cabinets

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore, Penofin Verde

Paneling: Ipe wood strip

 

Plumbing:

Grohe Faucets, Toto toilets

  

Lighting:

Interior ambient lighting: Tobias Grau

Downlights: Contrast Recessed Lighting

Exterior: Lumiere Lighting

 

 

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