This project by Faulkner Architects uses the environment in a very special way. Lookout House is located at the foot of a volcano that is more than three million years old. No wonder the team drew inspiration from what nature left behind in this remarkable place. We are happy to take you along to the amazing result.
For this home, we take you to California, USA, where Faulkner Architects let minimalism do the talking. They did this on a wooded piece of land near an extinct volcano and a ski hill: a perfect backdrop for an unusual house. Thanks to years of heavy snowfall, the nearby tree trunks point like bare, perpendicular guards at the imposing horizon in the distance. Another way in which local elements found a reflection in this project is in the material of which the walls are made. Regional sand and aggregate were used for this, as well as concrete. In addition, large sliding doors make it possible to let in an inviting breeze. As far as the layout of the house is concerned, you are quickly reminded of the cosy atmosphere of a ski lodge, since the central living area has an open construction and the social events take place in a completely free connection. A walnut screen subtly hides the bedrooms; among other essential spaces, the house also contains a garage, craft room, playroom and ski locker.
The incoming light creates a warm glow.
A minimalist mindset resulted in a palette that is fully in line with this style. In addition to the aforementioned materials, we can also see concrete, glass and walnut incorporated. A nice detail is that glass in a red-orange hue can be found; this is an intentional reference to the colour of cooled magma. The incoming light creates a warm glow. Not only does the exterior environment create an impressive atmosphere, but also the interior space gives this inspiration its rightful place in the larger scheme of things. Even in the practical aspect, the environment was taken into consideration, as the concrete and steel exterior of the house is fire-resistant and requires little maintenance. This was done as a response to recent wildfires in California. It is therefore abundantly clear that this design was thoughtfully created and fulfils many wishes, both functionally and creatively. With Lookout House, Faulkner Architects created a home that maintains a clear dynamic with its surroundings. The proximity of an extinct volcano, for example, provides not only practical innovations, but also an aesthetic spectacle that constantly reminds you of the beautiful nature you are surrounded by.
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Architecture by Faulkner Architects
Photography by Joe Fletcher