April 2nd, 2015 at 11:00 am

Lake Tahoes new look

When you think ski chalet, it’s likely that sleek and modern is not the first thing that comes to mind. Instead, a more rustic, sloped-roof homemade of raw woods and stone is a more common image. All that may be changing now that Apple Store architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been commissioned to design an upscale ski community. The new collection of homes, The Stellar Collection, is part of the luxury Mountainside Northstar Lake Tahoe brand.

The firm was asked to think outside the box. The developer did not want a traditional ski chalet, but rather something new and modern. Drawing inspiration from modern Alpine buildings around Europe, BCJ came up with a fresh new design. These homes not only look different on the outside–featuring large windows, simplistic design, and void of embellishments–but the inside is also different. Interiors still feature natural materials, but not in the traditional sense. The home is warm and inviting. Light floods the home and there’s a clean and airy feeling inside. The renderings of both the interior and exterior give off a more urban feel than your traditional skiing community. reporter Claudine Zap spoke with the project’s design principal, who had this to say about the new design concept: “What you won’t see: steeply pitched roofs, heavy exposed timber, boulders, or ‘sticks and stones’ of more traditional architecture. There’s a lot of simplicity and clarity to the way the units are designed. It’s a lot crisper and cleaner. We’re not adding a lot of decorative flourishes.”

Although designed as a skiing community, each home includes a ski room for ski-in/out ease, the developer plans for the homes to be fully functional all year long. With so much to do all year long in Lake Tahoe, this concept just makes sense. Repurpose the ski room to hold your other gear and invite family and friends for a beautiful weekend getaway whenever convenient for you.

Additional Amenities
Two-year family membership to the Ritz-Carlton Spa
Membership in the Tahoe Mountain Club
Central clubhouse with a game room for kids
Outdoor year-round swimming pool
Hot tub
Fire pit

Three-bedroom, 2.4-bath town home starts at $2,065,000
Four-bedroom, 3.5-bath residences start at $3,395,000

For more photos of the proposed renderings, visit

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