California firm Faulkner Architects is no stranger to vacation houses, having built several residences in the Lake Tahoe area, a popular getaway for winter sports and summer adventures. For this particular project, a simple challenge — “can all rooms enjoy this view?” — the studio designed a 670-square meter home that orients itself in relation to the view, rather than following its natural terrain.
For the aptly named Viewfinder House, cedar makes up the exterior with panels supported by a steel base, slats strategically covering certain sections for privacy, and a ceiling creates an inverted triangle over the full plan. Glazed apertures face the snow-capped mountains, focused towards the view like a poised set of camera lenses.
A combination of board-marked concrete walls, granite flooring, and black metal fixtures keeps the interior simple, drawing attention towards the purpose of the home – providing stunning views from every Viewfinder House room. The two levels that house the pool area, gym, central kitchen, living and social areas, and personal spaces are view decks for the Pacific Crest, fully embodying the beauty of the great outdoors. Scroll through other Faulkner Architects projects from our archives.