Steel Tree HouseRandi Greenberg
It was a windfall for architect Joel Sherman of jls design when a client hired him to design a residence outside the vernacular in the Lake Tahoe area. Sherman, who has spent quite a bit of vacation time in the area, describes the local architecture as predominately composed of wood cabins with a "bear-moose-fish motif." "So often people are stuck on a fabricated nostalgia," says Sherman, "and the end result is a fake façade attached to a vanilla box." With the construction of the Stal Tre Hus (steel tree house) in the midst of a development of 6,000 residences, the architect and his client set out to prove that it is possible to create Modern design that fits into the landscape in this high-end residential market.
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