We’re thrilled to introduce you to CAMPout, a remarkable 3,800-square-foot sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California. Designed by the visionary Faulkner Architects in collaboration with the talented interiors team at NICOLEHOLLIS, CAMPout is a testament to the harmonious integration of architecture with its natural surroundings.
This extraordinary dwelling is perched in the shadow of an 8,000-foot-tall extinct volcano, a location that immediately evokes awe and wonder. The very essence of CAMPout reflects a commitment to sustainable design, resilience, and a profound connection to its environment. In a world where visual aesthetics often take precedence over practicality, CAMPout stands as a beacon of thoughtful design. Instead of succumbing to arbitrary material choices or ostentatious forms, it seamlessly melds with its natural context. The result is a masterpiece that not only captures the eye but also engages the senses and the soul. As we face the ever-growing challenges posed by climate change and wildfires, CAMPout serves as a symbol of resilience. Its construction incorporates cutting-edge technologies and materials, emphasizing fire resistance, energy efficiency, and durability. The choice of materials draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, with a palette that mirrors the earthy tones of basalt boulders and rust-colored pine needles. One of the defining features of the projects is its integration with the landscape. It's not merely a house but a sanctuary that embraces the outdoors. Sleeping areas cocoon a central courtyard, ensuring privacy while fostering a connection with nature. The family gathering space, a concrete pavilion, invites the outdoors in, bathing the interior in sunlight and offering breathtaking views of the nearby mountain.
The result not only attracts attention but also appeals to the senses and the soul.
Concrete and steel form a fire-resistant barrier, protecting the native cedar interior that has been thoughtfully left unfinished. The basalt floors mirror the natural surroundings, and blackened steel casework adds a touch of industrial elegance. Every detail, every material, every choice serves a purpose, creating a sense of quiet presence that allows the beauty of the landscape to take center stage. CAMPout is not just a house; it's a statement of our responsibility towards the environment. It reminds us that we can build homes that not only withstand the forces of nature but also honor and celebrate them. It's a call to action, urging us to consider the impact of our choices on our planet and our future.
In a world where design too often forgets its context, the project stands as a beacon of inspiration. It's a testament to the power of architecture to blend seamlessly with the environment, to protect against the fiercest of elements, and to provide a haven of beauty and serenity in an ever-changing world. CAMPout is a reminder that, as stewards of this planet, we can build not just for today but for generations to come. Photography by Joe Fletcher
Text by Elke Aerts