Martis Valley Ski Retreat

Clad in charred cedar and black steel panels, the Martis Valley Ski Retreat is inspired by its alpine forest surroundings. The home is comprised of a pair of two-story structures, bridged by a glazed single-story living and dining area with undisrupted views of the pine and fir tree forest bed. The focal point of the room is a travertine marble slab fireplace, a material that can also be found on the kitchen workspace. The cedar facade was treated with an ancient Japanese technique called Shou Sugi Ban to blend in with the hues of the plot's evergreen tree trunks. Located at the foot of Northstar California, skiing is the main attraction with access to the runs of Lookout Mountain.

Photos: Joe Fletcher / Faulkner Architects

  • Villa Meijendel

    Inspired by the sandy, woodsy parcel on which it sits, Villa Meijendel takes advantage of its location with a multi-level, partially sunk floorplan. You enter the home on the middle level, home to an office and two bedrooms. Above it lie the open kitchen and living spaces, while the bottom floor holds the master bedroom, as well as a garage and technical room buried in the sand. The main unpolished concrete structure dictates the flow between floors with gentle slopes, while the steel, wood and anodized aluminum are similarly left raw. The exterior is coated in burned wood, broken up only by the sizable windows that provide views to the dune valley beyond.

    Photos: Christian van der Kooy / VVKH Architecten

  • Fiskavaig Studio Shelter

    Nestled within the rolling hills of Scotland's Isle of Skye, the Fiskavaig Studio Shelter is a modest, low impact getaway overlooking the Loch Bracadale. The compact cabin is made of simple materials, including aluminium, oriented strand boards, and cement wall panels. The interior is an open plan, made up of a bedroom with king-size bed on one end and a living area on the other, separated by an eat-in kitchen, while a Charnwood stove and Swedish waterless toilet aid in its eco-friendly nature, There's no shortage of rugged scenery on the property. The front door leads out to The Cuillin mountain range in one directon or the sore and of Fiscavaig bay in the other.

    Photos: Fiskavaig Studio

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