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Awards Category

Residential Architecture - Built

Project Summary

The Lake Tahoe Cabins is a single family residence on the shore of Crystal Bay, Nevada. It is just over 6,000 SF with a primary suite, 3 bedrooms and a bunk room; each with access to lake views, visually and/or physically. Private and public spaces are separated via individual volumes (cabins). In addition, the residence houses a rec room on the lowest level and a great room on the main level spanning the entire lake facing side. Lastly, the client desired lake access and multiple outdoor recreational spaces for entertaining.

Project Narrative

The Lake Tahoe Cabins is comprised of three discrete structures that traverse the rugged and complex Crystal Bay shoreline. Each cabin is strategically arranged around the site’s elemental intricacies with distinct connections to the Tahoe landscape and lakefront below. The individual structures are linked by a glazed bridge whose footprint kinks precisely around a mass of pre-historic Sierra granite. The unique arrangement of cabins create recreational alcoves before approaching the lake. On the second level, the great room and kitchen expand the entire east facing facade. Adjacent, snuggled against the hillside, an intimate deck and lawn offer refuge from the cabin’s expansive entertainment area. On the lake-facing side, the great room spills into an equally grand balcony with breathtaking views. At the lowest level, a fire pit, oversized hot tub and staircase lead to a pier that extends beyond the water’s edge.

Sustainable Design & Materials

The existing site consisted of massive pieces of granite and mature trees therefor, our first line of sustainable design was site preservation. The layout of the residence weaves through these existing site elements, attempting to disrupt as little as possible. Where needed, native landscaping minimizes maintenance and water usage. Sun studies, radiant heating, fully operable glazing/sky lights that encourage passive cooling keep energy costs low in extreme temperatures. Materially, the exterior is clad in locally sourced, FSC-certified wood.

Project Stats

Square Feet


Green Building Designation(s)

Date of Completion

September 2023

Project Location

480 Gonowabie Rd, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, USA

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