House in Martis Camp

North Lake Tahoe / Truckee, California / Martis Camp / custom house in Martis Camp /

Keywords: keywords: Ken Meffan architect, organic architect, natural architect, green roof, green architecture,


Martis Camp; is one of the premiere subdivisions of the West,  the private luxury golf and ski community is located on the outskirts of the historic small town of Truckee, Ca. and neighboring Northstar at Tahoe ski mountain and village and the North shore of Lake Tahoe.


Green architecture:

 Custom house in Martis Camp 

The site circumstances: views, significant tree preservation, sun exposure, snow fall-off, topography… are the driving criteria for this natural, "green architecture" style house.


The garage is oriented with doors and approach south facing for optimum sun exposure in winter ice conditions. The roof is a “Green” growing roof to be planted with mountain wildflowers and native grasses and sages. The roof on this element is designed to keep the snow there. The “green roof” and earth integrated architecture will encourage a better natural environment site re-generation.


The house accessible by a steel grating bridge allowing snow to fall through and pedestrians can view through to architectural elements and natural site features below. The house has two master bedroom pods, one on each side of the family living areas. Large expanses of glazing with custom multi section sliding doors are designed to completely open the living section of the house and relate to the clean mountain environment, “invite the outside in” and blur the finite boundary between inside space and outside beautiful world and mountain “freshness”. Entry is conceived to bridge through the house to create an “impact of” mountain views. Two kid’s rooms on lower level are designed to be large bunk rooms on either side of entertainment and recreation spaces and relate to ground level patios and camp fire pit.


Materials, sidings, and roofing are chosen for optimum relationship and enhancement of “real” materials, rusty patinas, native stones, raw steel, and rough sawn timbers all contribute to a real material pallet that “ages gracefully” and relate strongly to nature and the mountain natural setting. The earth integrated lower floor is dug into the site, walls in contact with earth are: un-mortared, wire retained fractured stone, gabion styled walls to enforce an earth-grown material base that the structure is placed on.


Ken Meffan architectbuilder


environmentally conscious ARCHITECTbuilder: Ken Meffan

natural architect


house in Martis Camp







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