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Lake House

Austin, TX

This airy convertible structure, located on the steeply sloped bank of Lake Austin, is a retreat designed for lakeside recreation.
The Vision

The boathouse and bridge were conceived to provide convenient access to the lakeshore cliffside. A delicate steel grid with wood screen frames defines a minimal structure that hovers above the lake.

  • Structural Engineering

    Architectural Engineers Collaborative

  • Interiors

    Holden & Dupuy

  • Builder

    Renaissance Builders

  • Photographer

    Paul Bardagiy

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Operable screens in the pavilion allow for direct access to the water.


A 210 foot long wood and steel cable suspension bridge spans across a deep ravine separating the main house from the lake. Limestone steps descend the cliffside connecting the bridge to the boathouse below.

“The best little boathouse in Texas”

Deborah Bishop. The Best Little Boathouse in Texas, Dwell, July/August, 2004

Project Team
  • Arthur W. Andersson, FAIA

  • F. Christian Wise, AIA

  • Gregory Brooks

  • Jim Moore

  • Samantha Randall