An impressive forest house in Truckee with stunning design details

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Olson Kundig in collaboration with owner/Truckee-based architect Faulkner Architects has designed this high desert forest house located in Truckee, California. This impressive dwelling celebrates a rugged, high desert landscape of ponderosa pine, manzanita, and exposed basalt.

The home’s footprint meanders through the understory, deliberately shaped to preserve existing specimen trees and create a protected internal courtyard. Extensive transparency and clerestory windows throughout this 5,430 square foot home provide access to views and daylight, while numerous indoor/outdoor connections link occupants to their surroundings, an important consideration for this active family.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Olson Kundig COLLABORATING ARCHITECT (and client) Faulkner Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Faulkner Architects

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The interior palette features concrete and steel, punctuated by kinetic devices that engage both the built environment and natural context. Just inside the home’s entry, a steel mesh stair wall works with upper-level clerestory windows to invite daylight into interior spaces while providing visual and textural interest.

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What We Love: This spectacular forest house in Truckee features a unique design and architecture surrounded by the tranquility of nature. A strong indoor-outdoor connection has been established throughout this home, which is idyllic during the spring, summer, and fall. This would be a fabulous home for avid outdoor adventurers and we are loving the use of fire-resistant materials integrated into the design of this home.

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate home in the woods? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fantastic home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the Lake Tahoe region: A stunning Tahoe mountain house with a California wine country vibe and A gorgeous mountain retreat in Martis Camp blurs traditional and modern.

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The powder room sink references Japanese bamboo fountains, also known as sōzu, reimagining a standard off-the-shelf shower valve as a unique, gravity-responsive faucet.

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Bridging the kitchen and exterior wrap-around porch, a custom fireplace can be converted to an Argentinian grill via hand-cranked mechanisms.

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Dining room lights hang from custom bent steel armatures that organize and conceal electrical cords.

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The glass-walled “forest hall” connects the kitchen and dining wing to the living room and main bedroom suite through a tree-lined procession with views of the surrounding woods on all sides.

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Clerestory windows line the living room, suffusing the space with natural light, while a cantilevered steel roof provides cover for an exterior patio.

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A discreet entry leads into the main bedroom suite, which includes an intimate sitting room, open casework closet, sleeping area, and bath. The custom bed, designed by the homeowner/architect, faces the trees, while the bathroom incorporates a private slot view and a protected courtyard.

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The “treehouse,” a three-story tower, rises above the main volume of the home. Solid steel cladding grants privacy to the tower’s street-facing north side, transitioning to large areas of transparency on the other sides of the tower, which are protected by year-round tree cover. The treehouse provides bedrooms and attached baths for guests as well as a roof-top deck with views towards Northstar Ski Resort.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Fletcher

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