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Modern Mountain Architecture in Tahoe and Truckee

Love seeing modern architecture and design find its way into mountain homes.    SFgate.com just published a story highlighting the trend in modern design architecture in the small community of Martis Camp in Truckee, California.

Architect Joel Sherman's 2,640-square-foot Steel Tree House at Martis Camp in Truckee. Photo: Vance Fox Photography / SF

Contemporary designs are gaining ground in several Tahoe locales, from Incline Village to Alpine Meadows, from Tahoe Donner to Tahoe City, but they are most abundant in Martis Camp, the new gated community near Truckee. Forty to 50 percent of the more than 100 homes under construction or finished at Martis Camp speak the visual language of the early 20th century International Style: flat or low-sloping roofs, short or no overhanging eaves, open floor plans, and long spans of steel. Exterior ornament has disappeared, and plate-glass walls reveal wide vistas. Lightweight, steel-supported roofs seem more related to sky than earth.

Inside, ambience is achieved through the infiltration of light and the arrangements of space and materials, rather than with the applied ornament of wainscoting and trim.

“In our area there has been a preconception that peaked roofs and multiple layers of details were requirements of mountain architecture,” says architect Clare Walton of Walton Architecture and Engineering in Tahoe City. “Recently we have seen success in utilizing clean lines, especially in the roofscapes.”

via Modern architecture gets foothold at Tahoe – SFGate.  Photo credit:  Vance Fox Photography / SF

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