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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