Unlike the typical A-frame cabins that make themselves stand out among nature, the Lightus Retreat is etched itself into its surrounding forested landscape. This one-of-a-kind cabin retreat is located in a forest in South Lake Tahoe. Designed by Joongwon Architects, the lake house was built to minimize the home's impact on the environment. Its unique shape results from building the home around the forest's existing trees rather than cutting them down.
Working in tandem with the environment allowed Lightus to take on irregular and angular shapes. On the inside, guests move between compressed corridors to open living areas. This dynamic home not only utilizes the forest landscape to create its own shape but also takes advantage of the natural sunlight to illuminate expansive sun-drenched rooms.
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The Lightus Retreat is Built to Minimize its Environmental Impact
1. Forest-friendly Architecture - Opportunity to design innovative buildings that work in harmony with the natural environment.
2. Sustainable Tourism - Opportunity to cater to eco-conscious travelers seeking unique, environmentally-friendly accommodations.
3. Biophilic Design - Opportunity to integrate nature into architecture to improve human well-being and reduce the environmental impact of buildings.
1. Hospitality - Opportunity for hotels and resorts to adopt forest-friendly architecture and offer guests sustainable, unique accommodations.
2. Homebuilding - Opportunity to innovate and build homes that minimize their impact on the environment, in addition to using existing trees to inspire attention-grabbing designs.
3. Architecture - Opportunity to create designs that harmonize with their surroundings while minimizing the damage to the environment, reducing the environmental impact of buildings.