LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

Texas
Location
  • Texas
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2015
  • This house on the banks of Lake Austin is the center of family and social life, a place to raise children and to entertain guests in the area and visiting from far away, and a base for getting to know and appreciate Austin. With strong ties to the city and a love of both the diverse culture and landscape, the family was thrilled to find one of the few remaining large lots on the banks of Lake Austin, only a twenty minute drive from downtown.

    The site is unique in its size and character; it is relatively flat with dozens of mature trees providing a canopy of shade that allows the grass below to flourish. It has a large frontage on the lake as well as on a canal that is popular for boating and fishing. The property is also located directly opposite Mount Bonnell, a high point and landmark in the area, which is beautifully illuminated every evening at sunset.

    The concept for the house is to embrace the site and the views, work around the footprint of the existing trees and enhance the opportunities for outdoor living. It is to be warm and inviting, yet sufficiently grand, on approach from the entry drive and casual and comfortable on the lake side where most of the family’s time will be spent. Because this house is intended to serve the family for several generations it will be energy efficient and built with high quality, long lasting materials such as local limestone.

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    Modern home with dining room and shelves. A combination of clear and translucent glass on steel shelves. Photo  of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

    A combination of clear and translucent glass on steel shelves.

    Modern home with dining room, bar, recessed lighting, and stools. Photo 2 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with dining room, table, chair, and pendant lighting. Photo 3 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with outdoor, grass, and decking patio, porch, deck. This project also includes a swimming dock. Photo 4 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

    This project also includes a swimming dock.

    Modern home with hallway. Photo 5 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with exterior, stone siding material, and house. Tapered stone cladding creates a weaving effect on the façade of the house and its appearance changes throughout the day as the sun creates continuously shifting shadow patterns.  Photo 6 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

    Tapered stone cladding creates a weaving effect on the façade of the house and its appearance changes throughout the day as the sun creates continuously shifting shadow patterns.

    Modern home with living room, two-sided fireplace, sofa, and recessed lighting. Photo 7 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with staircase. A unique scissor-like stair that stitches the first and second floors together from both sides of the house. Photo 8 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

    A unique scissor-like stair that stitches the first and second floors together from both sides of the house.

    Modern home with exterior, house, and stone siding material. Local limestone, ample daylighting, natural ventilation and deep overhangs serve to connect the house to its context through its materiality and ease of opening up the exterior.  Photo 9 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

    Local limestone, ample daylighting, natural ventilation and deep overhangs serve to connect the house to its context through its materiality and ease of opening up the exterior.

    Modern home with exterior, house, and stone siding material. Photo 10 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with office, chair, study, desk, and shelves. Photo 11 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with exterior, house, and stone siding material. Lueders limestone was used extensively in the project and takes on many different forms ranging from cut stone pavers to monolithic load-bearing blocks to a special tapered profile that clads the main house.  Photo 12 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE

    Lueders limestone was used extensively in the project and takes on many different forms ranging from cut stone pavers to monolithic load-bearing blocks to a special tapered profile that clads the main house.

    Modern home with living room, ottomans, recessed lighting, and coffee tables. Photo 13 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with outdoor, back yard, walkways, and swimming pool. Photo 14 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with staircase, metal railing, and wood tread. Photo 15 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
    Modern home with staircase, metal railing, and wood tread. Photo 16 of LAKE AUSTIN HOUSE
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