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
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.
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.
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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.
Bridging the kitchen and exterior wrap-around porch, a custom fireplace can be converted to an Argentinian grill via hand-cranked mechanisms.
Dining room lights hang from custom bent steel armatures that organize and conceal electrical cords.
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.
Clerestory windows line the living room, suffusing the space with natural light, while a cantilevered steel roof provides cover for an exterior patio.
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.
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.
PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Fletcher