The Truckee, California, house, follows the slope of the adjacent hill, standing sturdy with 20-inch insulated concrete walls for keeping in scarce rays and warmth from the sun. Meanwhile, a facade of concrete and steel offers fire resistance.
From the outside, the bunker-like appearance blends in with the volcanic basalt boulders that fill the landscape; inside, the same materials—concrete, glass, steel, and walnut—create an organic yet minimalist and polished look.
Wood panels line the ceiling and walls, while big stretches of sliding glass allow plenty of opportunities for embracing the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, whether in the living room (which leads out to a covered deck) or a bedroom (facing a more open terrace). A covered entrance level contains a garage, play room, craft room, and ski locker that allows the owners to ski in and out of the house directly.