The Village at Northstar

Truckee, California

Creating a vibrant mountain village with sensitivity to the environment

To be competitive, resorts across the world must both look fresh and accommodate the latest amenities and activities. In 2000, Northstar California, a mountain resort near Lake Tahoe knew that it needed to be redeveloped and engaged Design Workshop for planning and landscape architecture of a new destination resort in the highly regulated and environmentally sensitive region. To transform the existing village into a pedestrian-oriented lively hub of energy, the team drew inspiration from the surrounding characteristics of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the lake and the forest. The village incorporates recycled materials and native stone and timber along facades and walkways, as well as native plants that helps minimize the need for irrigation. Visitors enjoy a walkable mountain village with plazas, secluded seating, firepits, regulation size ice rink, and outdoor bars that connect indoor and outdoor spaces year-round. By creating a balanced, natural environment so sustainable that it achieved a LEED certification, the village became a model for future development projects.


Oz Architecture, Psomas, Beaudin Ganze