Faulkner Architects designed the house

Faulkner Architects tucks Forest House into wooded site near Lake Tahoe

Concrete, metal and glass define the exterior of this California holiday property by US company Faulkner Architects concealed in the trees of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


The Forest Dwelling is situated in the city of Truckee. The two-storey dwelling sits on a carefully sloping, two-acre site in the vicinity of the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Faulkner Architects designed the house
The dwelling is in Truckee

Rectangular in prepare, the dwelling was intended to minimise its affect on the web-site, in accordance to Faulkner Architects, which has workplaces in the two Truckee and Berkeley, California.

Much more than 100 tall trees – such as Jeffrey and sugar pines, and white and pink firs – encircle the dwelling.

Forest ailments tell the house’s colours

For the facades, the group paired board-fashioned concrete and reflective glass with an ebony-hued steel rainscreen.

The screen is made of angled slats, spaced 1 inch (2.5 centimetres) aside, and is intended to resemble the texture and operate of tree bark.

On the south elevation, the team included extensive, coated decks, which provide a put to relax and acquire in the landscapes.

Decking gives easy accessibility to the surroundings outdoors

The home’s major entrance is on the north, in which a pathway sales opportunities to a recessed front doorway marked by a eco-friendly-glass panel. A related panel was applied in the lobby.

“Translucent inexperienced-glass screens bathe the entrance in a colour that associates with the tone of the bordering evergreen forest,” the staff reported.

The floor floor properties the two general public and non-public areas. The central portion holds an open up residing and eating space, and a kitchen that flows into a household room. The western part incorporates the key suite, though a study and garage are located on the east side of the prepare.

The open residing area

Centrally positioned stairs lead to the upper amount to the three bedrooms. In full, the home encompasses 4,500 square ft (418 sq. metres).

Rooms aspect neutral colors, contemporary decor and earthy resources. Reclaimed teak wood was utilized for floors and ceilings, though walls are formed of uncovered concrete and white gypsum board.

The major suite has a steel fire

In the key suite and dwelling space, the staff mounted fireplaces with metal surrounds.

“Polished, galvanised metal panels at the fireplaces mirror photographs and motion of the inhabitants during the working day,” the studio said.

Playful skylights illuminate the home

Gentle fixtures and fire sprinklers are hid with skinny recesses in the ceiling. Big skylights funnel organic light into the dwelling.

“A few-dimensional skylights wrap from the roof down the wall, allowing for gentle to pour in and featuring sights to the stars at night time,” the architects stated.

Exterior of Forest House in California
A watch of the skylights from outside the house

The house is intended to be strong and very low-routine maintenance. In addition, increased glazing and a radiant heating procedure help with strength efficiency.

Fashioned by Greg Faulkner in 1998, Faulkner Architects has done a quantity of homes in wooded configurations. Some others involve a getaway dwelling in Sonoma Valley that resembles a barn and a dwelling just outdoors of San Francisco wrapped in weathering steel.

Photography is by Joe Fletcher.


Job credits:

Architecture: Faulkner Architects
Architecture structure crew: Gregory Faulkner (principal), Breanne Penrod (venture supervisor)
Contractor: Glennwood Mountain Properties
Interior designer: Rory Torrigiani, Natalie Zirbel
Civil engineer: Shaw Engineering
Structural engineer: CFBR Structural Team
Mechanical engineer: Sugarpine Engineering
Electrical engineer: Sugarpine Engineering
Geotechnical engineer: NV5
Lighting: Faulkner Architects