Award Nominee: Creekside Residence
JK Architecture Engineering | 165 River Road, #1, Tahoe City, CA 96145
530.583.9222 | www.jkaedesign.com
This 2,695 square foot mountain modern residence is situated alongside Donner Creek in Truckee, CA to maximize the views of the creek along with focused view portals of Castle Peak and Donner Summit.
The project plan is organized lineally with prominent program areas facing the creek for tranquil riparian views. The lightly terraced interior plan levels allow the open space living concept separation and definition, yet connectivity and views through the great room concept. Layered site terraces, rising from the creek, provide intimate outdoor areas and culminate in elevated roof decks providing multiple gathering areas with varying view and solar experiences. The building form is designed around a simple, low slope shed roof concept with an articulated façade folding in and out of the structural grid. The low slope roof is designed to retain snow with a slow melting process that reduces large snow shedding impacts on the site.
Structural steel provides the primary framing system with secondary timber framing members. Wildland fire resistant materials are used to minimize fire hazard conditions.
This project presented extreme challenges stemming from Donner Creek bisecting the site. The original approved buildable site area evolved over the years into an undevelopable site due to historic flood and changes in flood plain design and setback requirements. The design team worked with local planning, engineering, and federal regulatory agencies to hybrid the property into achieving a developable building area. The final building area achieved approximately 2,000 sf of developable area for building and site amenities. The resulting design creates a stately structure within restrictive constraints and is highly appreciated in the community for its contemporary mountain aesthetic design.