The Cliff House project, referred to as “The Lake House” by its present owners, has been designed by San Francisco-based studio Mark Dziewulski Architect. The dramatically steep site, 150 feet above the edge of Lake Tahoe, overlooks sweeping panoramic views of the entire lake and mountains beyond on a half-acre lot in Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Nevada. Five cantilevered levels, following the slope, express the different uses and their varying forms reflect the optimum orientation and requirements of the individual spaces within.
Taking four years to complete, the 8,694 square foot house is a series of overlapping curved roofs that are fanned out towards the lake, creating a man-made rolling landscape that underlines the view of the lake and mountains beyond. The contemporary home is comprised of steel, concrete and glass featuring four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a glass elevator, a six level glass stairwell and of course a private pier.
The house is largely concealed from the road and its fragmented form, cut deep into the steep slope, reflects the geometry of the rocky hillside, allowing it to blend in with its context. The main spaces overlook the lake through an expanse of glass, which is shaded with large overhangs and is angled forwards to reduce reflections. A vertical stair tower provides a strong anchoring element for the whole composition and acts as a hinge point, organizing the main spaces.
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