Stellar Townhomes and Residences

Truckee, California

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“Working with a progressive developer in the Lake Tahoe area, this collection of townhomes and single-family residences is a modern reinterpretation of the ski chalet. Conceived to be smartly efficient and compact in plan, these ski-in/ski-out homes are designed around social spaces that take advantage of breathtaking views to the ski slopes and Carson Range beyond.”



Warm, inviting, and livable, the 2,100-square-foot, two-story townhomes are sited to step down the ski slope. The homes consist of bedrooms, baths, support spaces, and circulation, which are organized along a central spine; the main floor’s great room includes an informal dining area integrated into the kitchen.

The single-family, 3,400-square-foot residences consist of an upper-entry-level great room tucked under an extended roof overhang, which integrates a formal dining space into the kitchen and living zones; a black-stained, cedar-clad accent wall separates the great room from the master suite. The master bedroom is perched above the ski slope and has floor-to-ceiling glass that wraps around three sides. The lower level of these homes offers a guest master suite, two additional bedrooms, and a media room.

Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, building massing is deliberately simple for maximum efficiency. Both the townhomes and single-family residences are designed using a complementary palette of natural materials. Exteriors consist of clear finish and black-stained cedar siding, blackened steel panels, concrete, and glass; interiors present stone and wood flooring, black-stained cedar accent walls, and white plaster.

Project Data

Truckee, California
2013 – 2016
Mountainside Northstar


AIA Housing Award, One and Two Family Production Homes
Best of Year Award Finalist