The concrete-and-steel home by Faulkner Architects gives one family a refined escape in the mountains of Northern California.
Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Architect: Faulkner Architects / @faulknerarchitects
Interior Designer: NICOLEHOLLIS / @nicolehollissf
Builder: Jim Morrison Construction / @jimmorrisonconstruction
Structural Engineer: CFBR Structural Group
Civil Engineer: Shaw Engineering
MEP: Sugarpine Engineering
Surveyor: Webb Land Surveying, Inc.
Title 24: Monterey Energy Group
Photography: Joe Fletcher / @joefletcherphoto
From the Architect: "A San Francisco family asked us to help them expand an existing property near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The site sits on a north facing slope and looks down to the Martis Valley and up to Lookout Mountain through a natural screen of 100-year-old Jeffrey pine trees.
"Dug into the slope, the home wraps a courtyard that offers privacy from neighbors. The bedrooms open to the courtyard and the family gathering space is a concrete pavilion that connects the courtyard to the distant view beyond. A thin steel shed roof pitches up to open the interior to the south sun and frame views to the ski runs on the mountain. Double-thick eight-inch concrete walls fitted with foam insulation extend up to the roof on the low side. Clerestory windows enclose the triangular space between the roof and concrete walls.
"The materiality of concrete and steel-sash tempered windows form a fire-resistant barrier and secure a native cedar-clad interior. Basalt floors were chosen to echo the surrounding landscape, which is punctuated by basalt boulders. Blackened steel casework responds to the exposed steel, while glazed access around the courtyard connects the bedrooms and main pavilion to the courtyard and fire, much like a campsite. Furnishings share the same materiality and tonal qualities as the architecture, creating a quiet presence that allows the glowing landscape to resonate."