Menlo Park Home

Project Location

Menlo Park, CA

Architect

WD ARCH

Product

WD66

Case Study: Menlo Park Home

Neighboring Stanford and Palo Alto, Menlo Park is one of the most affluent and educated towns in the world. Not surprisingly, the streets are filled with splendid architecture. William Duff Architect (WDA) is among them, with a residence that certainly does not disappoint. Built on a flat site, the house continually engages the eye with shifting perspectives.

WDA integrated high-end modern design and a commitment to green building for the Menlo Park house. It makes use of an existing foundation and innovative landscape. Cor-Ten steel, stained concrete mixed with fly ash, and Finnish birch plywood veneer are counterbalanced with green flourishes. For example, the house uses radiant floors, solar hot water, photovoltaic power and passive ventilation – with the help of several NanaWall installations

Modern Design with Green Building Strategies

Operable glass walls were an obvious design choice for the Menlo Park residence. “The home blends elegant, modern design with green building strategies, using a careful system of proportioning and scale,” says founding principal and architect William Duff. “NanaWall doors function as 'opening walls' that define the living spaces without fully enclosing them, and establish flow between the different spaces and activities. Much of the design blurs the line between inside and out, and the NanaWalls in several locations accentuate this effect.”

WDA installed 90-degree, cornerless NanaWall units in two locations: the open-spaced living room/dining spaces, and the pool house. A third system was installed in the pool house bathroom.

"NanaWall doors function as 'opening walls' that define the living spaces without fully enclosing them, and establish flow between the different spaces and activities." 

The openings for each space are expansive, bringing the passive ventilation inside the architectural masterpiece. Because WDA experiments with so many aspects of design and engineering, it was a natural choice for the firm to use NanaWall. Duff elaborates, “We have a rich history collaborating on high-end residential projects with NanaWall, and we wanted to continue that tradition with this property.”

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