Placed at the base of a three-million-year-old volcano, the Lookout House finds inspiration for its contemporary design among the site's ancient heritage. The dwelling, designed by Faulkner Architects, is built on a slope enveloped by 15-foot boulders, manzanita, and a forest of pine and white fir trees. A series of 20-inch-thick concrete walls made from local sand and black steel form the exterior's clean, modern silhouette, while panels of red-orange glass are a reminder of the cooling magma that ran through the site millions of years ago. On the interior, the addition of wood ceilings and a California walnut screen, along with lighting designed by Concept Lighting Lab, add warmth to the living spaces. Expansive glazing and terraces keep the home engaged with the surrounding nature and a ski slot provides direct access to the neighboring slopes.
Photos: Joe Fletcher / Faulkner Architects