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Bal House in Menlo Park, California by Terry & Terry Architecture

 
November 4th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: v2com

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.

house connecting to rear deck and garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

house connecting to rear deck and garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: Terry & Terry Architecture
  • Project: Bal House
  • Location: Menlo Park, California, US
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Software used: ArchiCad from Grafisoft
  • Project Team: Alex Terry, Ivan Terry, Matt Bisset
  • Project Engineer: Santos Urrutia Structural Engineers Inc. San Francisco
  • Contractor: Timberline Construction
  • Completion Date: July 2011

common space, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

common space, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

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.

garden deck area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

garden deck area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

bedroom wing and central garden deck, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

bedroom wing and central garden deck, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

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.

carport, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

carport, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Transparent Hallway, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Transparent Hallway, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

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.

detail of concrete wall at central garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

detail of concrete wall at central garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

front room window seat, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

front room window seat, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

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).

kitchen, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

kitchen, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

detail of kitchen island, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

detail of kitchen island, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

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.

central garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

central garden area, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

Image Courtesy © Terry & Terry Architecture

Image Courtesy © Terry & Terry Architecture

Image Courtesy © Terry & Terry Architecture

Image Courtesy © Terry & Terry Architecture

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