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Creek House in Truckee, CA

January 11 + 2, 2024

Architecture: Faulkner Architects

Location: close to the base of Lookout Mountain, Northstar California Resort, Truckee, Nevada County, Northern California, USA

Creek House Truckee California

Photos by Joe Fletcher Photography

Creek House, CA

Set amidst a volcanic boulder field in a pine and fir forest, Creek House is a family retreat that inhabits an existing outcrop clearing at the edge of the spring fed Martis Creek. Near the base of Lookout Mountain at Northstar California Resort, the house is conceived in plan as three directional bars that slide between and alongside the boulders and trees.

Creek House Truckee California

Creek House Truckee California

The largest contains the main living areas and sleeping quarters. A margin sized bar houses the entry and support spaces and connects the third bar that contains a tandem, drive-through garage to the house. A south facing, 140-foot-long, insulated concrete wall demarks the spaces longitudinally and situates the house in the mountainous terrain.

Creek House California USA

Creek House California USA

A shift of the major bar to the west over the natural downslope of the site earns two requested rock gardens. The garden to the east is open to the sky and built into the void left by the displacement, with building height concrete walls retained to provide privacy for the master bedroom.

Creek House CA USA

Creek House CA USA

The gravel surface, set with site native basalt stones and framed with water, can be viewed only through a low, three-dimensional glass box that allows the garden to penetrate the room.

Creek House CA USA

Creek House CA USA

A rectangular basin captures snow melt to create a protective and ephemeral pool of water around this most private area of the house. The second garden to the west lives under the cantilevered house that shields the lower level from the west sun and contains the largest boulders of the site.

Creek House Truckee USA

A glazed hallway floor above reveals a dramatic drop in the topography and car sized boulders.

Creek House Truckee USA

At the top of the slope, the one-story horizontal form presents a closed and secure face to the northwestern street exposure. Fire resistive steel rain screens and tempered glazing inhabit the territories earned by the concrete wall.

Creek House Truckee USA

The mass heavy house is designed as a long thin rectangle that faces the sun to maximize solar exposure during winter and minimize heat gain from the west and east in summer.

Creek House California USA

The house is cooled by prevailing breezes that flow up and through the house from the west. Radiantly heated bluestone floors, solar assisted domestic hot water and LED electric light further reduce energy demands.

Creek House Truckee USA

Creek House in Truckee, California – Building Information

Design: Faulkner Architects –

Faulkner Architects Team:
Greg Faulkner
Darrell Linscott
Jenna Shropshire
Owen Wright
Richard Szitar

Project Team:
Faulkner Architects (Architecture)
CP Interiors (Interior Designer)
Jones Corda Construction (Contractor)

Creek House Truckee California

Creek House Truckee California

Photographer: Joe Fletcher Photography

Creek House in Truckee, California images / information received 141123 from Faulkner Architects USA

Location: Lookout Mountain, Northstar California Resort, Truckee, Nevada County, North California, USA

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