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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

LAKE HOUSE in Austin, Texas by Andersson-Wise Architects

 
March 11th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Andersson-Wise Architects

This structure, located on the steeply sloped bank of Lake Austin, is designed for downtime. A nearly mile-long path leads the visitor down the hill, over a suspension bridge constructed of individual segments strung onto cables that spans a ravine, and finally down to the boat house.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

The simple, elegant building rises above the water, resting on the surface like a water skater. And like the surface-skimming insect, this off-the-grid domicile exerts a minimal impact on its surroundings. Its structure, fabricated into a single framework of steel and barged to the site, is anchored into rock beneath the water. A floating carpenter shop was used to complete the construction from the water side.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Breezes from the lake-top enter and exit through screens allowing the living spaces to breathe along with the river valley. The wind and water combine to provide natural cooling for the entire structure. On the north and east sides, the lower screens swing out creating full-height openings making impromptu diving platforms.

The boat house provides a respite from the exhaustions of heat and the exertion of swimming, but it constantly reminds occupants of their proximity.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Art Gray.

Image Courtesy © Andersson-Wise Architects

Image Courtesy © Andersson-Wise Architects

Image Courtesy © Andersson-Wise Architects

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