Bal House Photo: 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 nineteen years of experience, offering both design concepts and professional production services in architecture.
The partnership has experience with a wide variety of projects, including the design of single family and multi - family housing, retail, and office space; tenant improvement; and urban design. They have extensive, unique experience with building construction and fabrication that has enabled them to acquire and refine a first-hand knowledge of the relationship between concept, construction and project realization.
The partnership has explored other design concepts in urban design in collaborative efforts with other design professionals. In an attempt to improve the built environment, it has engaged in investigations of several concepts in future infrastructures that integrate architecture and planning.
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.
Bal House: 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 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. Photo: Bruce Damonte
Bal House: Detail of hallway Photo: Bruce Damonte
Choy Residence: The renovation transformed an existing 1960’s house into an open plan modern dwelling.The design for this renovation involved subtracting specific existing walls and parts of the existing roof to let in natural light and improve circulation and hollowing out the space at the rear of the house to accommodate an exterior deck and capture views to the north. Photo: Ethan Kaplan
Choy Residence: The transformation of the existing typical San Francisco box house into the new “opened” wood tube form that adds protection weather to the rear deck. at main floor and to the openings at the middle floor. We also carved out an entry way at the center of the house, which allows natural light to spill into the main floor core. In the center of the dwelling, we inserted a new stair/light shaft through all levels to provide circulation between floors and to illuminate the walls with daylight. Photo: Ethan Kaplan
Duncan St. Residence: Consisting of renovating an existing 1950's dwelling located in upper Noe valley. Photo: TTA
Diamond Project: The house scales an uphill lot, with views to the west. Concrete walls run parallel along the side lot lines, forming the sidewalls of the house and continuing beyond to contain a protected garden. Sloping roof planes hover above, and are contained between the longitudinal concrete walls. Strategic gaps were formed between roof and walls to illuminate the walls with natural light. Large glazed openings in the front and rear of the house create transparency between indoor and outdoor spaces. Photo: Ethan Kaplan
Diamond Project: There is a shared language of simple materials and clean detailing throughout that unifies the space. This aesthetic creates the warmth and calmness essential for a family in an urban setting without distracting from the simple beauty of well juxtaposed spaces. Photo: Joe Fletcher
Alvarado Residence: We maintained certain portions of the original Victorian layout, including the compartmentalized front rooms and the wide hallway that contains the stairs and bathrooms and leads to the kitchen. As one moves to the rear of the house, traces of the original Victorian house dissolve. We designed the new structure at the rear of the house to be a series of interconnected, multi-functional open spaces for dining, cooking and common living. Photo: Ethan Kaplan
Alvarado Residence Photo: Ethan Kaplan