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Ski Homes Without Lincoln Logs

Joanne Furio | December 31, 2012 | Story Architecture

Long dominated by scaled-up wooden lodges, kitschy cabins, and Nixon-era ski resort condos, Tahoe’s architecture is finally coming of age. Today, daring builders are scrapping the knotty pine paneling in favor of sustainable materials to transform the look and feel of the tradition-steeped snow country.

Tahoe, 3 Ways

1. Metal Trusses Evoke a Mining Past:
Berkeley architect David Stark Wilson looked to old industrial mining buildings of the Sierra Nevada gold country in creating this 4,500-square-foot vacation home near Truckee. The home incorporates sustainable materials throughout, like recycled Douglas fir, bamboo, and polished concrete.

2. Rail Yard Revival Yields Old West Views:
Rick Holliday’s Oakland-based firm specializes in retrofitting abandoned urban spaces like the famed Clocktower Building in South Beach and Oakland’s Pacific Cannery Lofts. Now Holliday is teaming up with San Francisco architect David Baker to transform 35 acres of old rail yards in downtown Truckee, a remnant of the city’s logging days. Some 400 to 700 residential units are scheduled for construction this year, with a theater, a supermarket, and retail stores planned for the street level below.

3. Steel and Concrete Radiate Warmth:
Designed by Greg Faulkner of Faulkner Architects, this contemporary 4,391-square-foot retreat in the Martis Camp community of North Lake Tahoe incorporates radiant slab heating, natural ventilation pathways, and generous skylights.

Originally published in the January 2013 issue of San Francisco.

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