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CAMPout House in Lake Tahoe, California

June 28, 2023

Design: Faulkner Architects

Location: near Lake Tahoe, Martis Valley, Truckee, Nevada County, Northeast California, USA

CAMPout House Lake Tahoe California

Photos: Joe Fletcher Photography

CAMPout House, California

A San Francisco family asked Faulkner Architects 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. In our world today, much of the built work is driven by visual appearance. Symbolic forms and arbitrary material deployment remind us of our history.

CAMPout House Lake Tahoe California

CAMPout House Lake Tahoe California

Usually, these collages of comfort for the eye ignore their contexts that should affect the work in a tangible way. Wooden, furniture-like houses built in an ever-expanding migration to the wild lands that are at risk of fire appear to thumb their noses at the danger and the sun and the wind. At CAMPout, comprehensive rigor and consistent deployment of materials based on building-sized decision making instill a sense of calm and connection for the whole assemblage and ultimately the family.

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The material palette is derived from the surrounding context of basalt boulders and sugar pines that cover the forest floor with a mat of rust colored pine needles. Glazing is limited at the exterior interface with the combustible surroundings and maximized in the courtyard, where the light and screen of the pine forest safely connects with the interior.

CAMPout House Lake Tahoe California

Dug into the slope, sleeping areas wrap a courtyard that earns privacy from neighbors. The family gather 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 view to the ski runs on the mountain. Built with double 8” concrete walls fitted with foam insulation between extends up to the roof on the low side. Clerestory windows enclose the triangular space between the roof and concrete walls.

CAMPout House Lake Tahoe California

The materiality of concrete and steel sash tempered windows form a fire resistive barrier and secure a native cedar interior that is left unfinished. Basalt floors were chosen to reinforce the landscape that includes basalt boulders.

CAMPout House California

CAMPout House California

Blackened steel casework associate with the exposed steel. A glazed access around the court connects the sleeping rooms and main pavilion to the courtyard and fire much like a campsite. Furnishings share the same materials and tonal qualities further reinforcing a quiet presence that allows the glowing landscape to resonate.

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As climate change increases the incidence and magnitude of wildfire events and we continue to reach further into the wild landscape with development, we must enhance the construction systems and materials to withstand these disasters. Early consideration of these factors should be considered along with all other contextual attributes. The form can take on a protective posture. Materials can be non-combustible.

CAMPout House California

CAMPout House California

CAMPout House in Lake Tahoe, California – Building Information

Architecture: Faulkner Architects
Faulkner Architects design team
Gregory Faulkner, AIA, Principal
Christian Carpenter, LA, Project Architect
Jenna Shropshire, Project Manager
Ann Darby, AIA, Architect

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Interior Designer: NICOLEHOLLIS
General Contractor: Jim Morrison Construction
Structural: CFBR Structural Group
Civil: Shaw Engineering
MEP: Sugarpine Engineering
Surveyor: Webb Land Surveying, Inc.
Geotechnical: Nortech Geotechnical Consultants
Title 24: Monterey Energy Group

CAMPout House California

Photography: Joe Fletcher Photography

CAMPout House, Lake Tahoe, California images / information from Faulkner Architects, CA, USA

Location: Truckee, Nevada County, North California, United States of America

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