A minimal palette of materials: wood, concrete and steel define the spaces of Lookout House
A minimal palette of materials: wood, concrete and steel define the spaces of Lookout House

The location of Lookout House had a significant influence on the design of this house, a landscape layered by the intense geological history of a three-million-year-old volcano, the site is a north-facing slope made sparse by harsh winters but covered with a mat of pine needles

The shape of the Faulkner Architects-designed villa is somewhat reminiscent of a ski cabin. The earth-covered entry level houses the garage, game room, craft room and ski locker. The bedrooms are enclosed within a California walnut frame while concrete walls extend into the slope to provide safe access for the skiers

A minimal palette of materials: wood, concrete and steel define the spaces of Lookout House

Lookout House features concrete walls that extend beyond the warm interior and include outdoor spaces, and floor-to-ceiling openings with structurally glazed sliding doors open the space to breathtaking views.
Unusual element is the choice to include a red-orange glass that suggests the color of cooling magma, referring to the geology of the site,.Its reflection extends inside, flooding the entrance and the central staircase with a special light

A minimal palette of materials: wood, concrete and steel define the spaces of Lookout House

The material palette is minimal and consists of concrete, glass and walnut. Basalt, used for the floors, helps tie the house to the volcanic basalt boulders scattered throughout the surrounding landscape. High performance roof insulation combined with radiant floors mitigate energy consumption. Given the recent fire danger in California, the structure of the house was made of concrete and steel

A minimal palette of materials: wood, concrete and steel define the spaces of Lookout House

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