Faulkner Architects tucks Forest House into wooded site near Lake Tahoe - architecture and design

Faulkner Architects tucks Forest House into wooded site near Lake Tahoe



Concrete, steel and glass define the exterior of this California holiday home by US firm Faulkner Architects hidden in the trees of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The Forest House is located in the town of Truckee. The two-storey dwelling sits on a gently sloping, two-acre site near the north shore of Lake Tahoe.
The dwelling is in Truckee
Rectangular in plan, the home was designed to minimise its impact on the site, according to Faulkner Architects, which has offices in both Truckee and Berkeley, California.
More than 100 tall trees ? including Jeffrey and sugar pines, and white and red firs ? encircle the dwelling.
Forest conditions inform the house's colours
For the facades, the team paired board-formed concrete and reflective glass with an ebony-hued steel rainscreen. The screen is made of angled slats, spaced one inch (2.5 centimetres) apart, and is meant to resemble the texture and function of tree bark.
On the south elevation, the team incorporated long, covered decks, which offer a place to relax and take in the scenery.
Decking provides easy access to the scenery outside
The home's main entrance is on the north, where a pathway leads to a recessed front door marked by a green-glass panel. A similar panel was used in the foyer.
"Translucent green-glass screens bathe the entrance in a colour that associates with the tone of the surrounding evergreen forest," the team said.
The ground floor houses both public and private areas. The central portion holds an ope...
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