Daring to be different

Monday 17 Jul 2006

Steel tree house receives more accolades

Joel Sherman of JLS design describes much of the architecture in the Lake Tahoe area as wood cabins with a ‘bear-moose-fish-motif’. In this project Sherman is constantly striving to integrate the building into its surroundings. The downward slope of the site is immediately embraced by a set of five large plaster columns that allow the heart of the building to reside within the tree canopies. This 2,500 ft² residence houses a garage, three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room and two bathrooms. The building’s flat roof defies convention in its area, but can still hold the required 300 pound per ft² snow load. Sherman points out that ‘the snow ends up creating great insulation’.

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