Alexander Jermyn Structure tucks a charred wooden house into mountains

Alexander Jermyn Structure tucks a charred wooden house into mountains

Alexander Jermyn Structure has created a lake home in Lake Tahoe, California with blackened wooden siding to face up to the mountain local weather.

The three,200-square foot (300-square metre) house nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains was designed to shed snow with a steep gable type and appears out to the lake with floor-to-roofline home windows.

Alexander Jermyn Architecture gabled house
Alexander Jermyn Structure designed the outside with blackened wooden facades

Berkeley-based studio Alexander Jermyn Structure accomplished the design – often known as Hemlock – within the winter of 2021 as a up to date twist on alpine precedents.

“We have been curious how the structure may have a number of readings,” the studio mentioned. “One instance was the differentiation of exterior and inside.”

Lake house with gabled roof
The lake home sits inside California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

“Though the outside needed to be robust to face up to solar, snowfall, and wildfires, we designed the inside to have a softness and heat, enveloped in wooden.”

On the outside, charred wooden partitions – often known as Shou Sugi Ban – sit above a concrete base; each supplies have been chosen for his or her resiliency in excessive climates and excessive elevation.

“Mockups of the charred accoya wooden have been buried over two seasons to check resiliency,” the studio mentioned. “The ultimate brushed model of the Shou Sugi Ban was chosen for its preserved end after the trials of testing.”

Kitchen with light wooden walls
Contrastingly, the inside palette is gentle

The darkish exterior supplies stand out towards the atmosphere, whereas the inside palette is gentle and alluring with white partitions and bleached clear vertical grain hemlock.

“The intent was to discover a constant and economical materials that might wrap everything of the inside envelope,” the studio mentioned. “The lightening of the wooden was essential to acquire a extra impartial palette that might brighten the house throughout the daytime hours.”

Bedroom in lake house
Bedrooms are contained on the primary flooring

The straightforward rectangular footprint is oriented towards the water with a completely glazed lakeside wall.

The concrete floor flooring features a storage, ski-tuning station, laundry, media room, bunk room and visitor room; whereas the primary flooring accommodates the bedrooms, kitchen and residing house that open to a large deck.

An artist studio mezzanine stage is tucked into the gable and lit by deep skylights.

Benches and nooks are constructed into the thick partitions for effectivity within the easy flooring plan. The person rooms supply a non-public various to the communal residing areas.

Staircase in house in California
The degrees are related by a staircase with patinated metal pickets

The degrees are related by a fragile staircase with patinated metal pickets and railing that brings gentle down from the primary stage to the entry.

“The metal pickets disappear into the wooden flooring and treads to permit the aircraft of the ground to be steady and uninterrupted, the studio famous.”

A frame house in the snow
A steep gable tops the home and sheds snow

The house’s integral and actual particulars have been created by means of shut collaboration between the architect and the proprietor, who spent lengthy hours collectively driving to the positioning throughout the peak pandemic months.

Lake Tahoe sits on the state line between California and Nevada and serves as a well-liked vacation spot for out of doors fanatics. Close by designs embody Studio Bergtraun’s alpine cabin in corrugated metallic and Faulkner Architects’ concrete and toned glass home with a built-in ski ramp.

The pictures is by Jeremy Bittermann / JBSA.


Mission credit:

Architect: Alexander Jermyn Structure, Alexander Jermyn, Johnathan Puff, Tim Wai
Normal contractor: Jaborski Development
Lighting design: Banks Landl
Structural engineer: MWA
Millwork: Sierra Craftsman

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