Timber Ridge at Talus

Project Location

Issaquah, WA


Rice Fergus Miller Architecture & Planning



Case Study: Timber Ridge at Talus

Situated between Sammamish Lake and the Cascade Mountains, Timber Ridge at Talus in Issaquah, Washington, is a spectacular senior-living community. The facility promotes a dynamic lifestyle in a comfortable and casual environment. Rice Fergus Miller Architecture & Planning, a leader in institutional and civic building design, conceived a solution that looks more like the Crater Lake Lodge than a retirement home.

One of many spectacular features for residents is the lobby room. It has a 30-foot ceiling and a rustic fireplace with the same mortared stone found on the columns outside the building. Most prominently, a wood- and aluminum-framed NanaWall installation creates connections between the indoors and outdoors – selected for its materials and “high-quality hardware,” says a project designer.

“The durable exterior finish was needed to stand up to our weather and the everyday use of the door," according to the architects. “The metal-clad exterior and high-  quality hardware of the NanaWall met these requirements.”

The NanaWall Wood Framed Folding System WD65 with a center pivot unfolds to an enormous terrace with an A-framed roof and sublime views of Cougar and Squak Mountains. The wood trim on the inside of the glass doors harmonizes with the fir finishes found throughout the exterior and interior spaces.

Durability and Aesthitics

According to Rice Fergus Miller Architecture & Planning, led by senior principal and architect Mike Miller, NCARB, the firm was looking for an opening that would allow for an uninterrupted link between the shared spaces of the lobby and the terrace. It also had to integrate flawlessly with the project’s unique “Northwest lodge aesthetic.”

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