Architect Visit: Celebrating Downtime with Andersson-Wise by Lake Austin by

Issue 77 · Summerhouse · June 19, 2013

Architect Visit: Celebrating Downtime with Andersson-Wise by Lake Austin

Issue 77 · Summerhouse · June 19, 2013

Located on the steeply sloped banks of Lake Austin, this boathouse by Andersson-Wise provides the ideal setting for winding down.

Approached by a narrow, elegant footbridge spanning a deep ravine, Texan firm Andersson-Wise’s boathouse appears to hover over the water, offering a respite from the heat (and concerns) of life inland.

Images via Andersson-Wise.

Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: The boathouse floats above the water on stilts and is clad in screened panels that open from the top like wings. 

Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above L: The boat is docked between the stilts. Above R: The walkway on the side of the boathouse, which leads to the entry. 

Interior of Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: The screened panels keep the mosquitos away, while the all-wood interior creates a dark and cool space as a respite from the humid summer heat.

Details from Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above L: The wood siding extends to become a shelf for the lantern in the window. Above R: When open, the screened panels are held in place by wooden rods; easy to use as well as maintain.

Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: At night, the lantern shines and beckons to those from the main house. 

Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: The concrete panels create an enclosure for a grill.

Boy jumoing from open screened panels at Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista  

Above: The joys of summer!

Plan of lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: The plan of the simple temple to "downtime". 

Section of Ravine at Lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: A section through the ravine illustrates the narrow footbridge in the approach to the boathouse.

Footbridge of lakehouse on Lake Austin by Andersson-Wise, Remodelista

Above: A view from the narrow footbridge.

Andersson-Wise's design is a cross between a boathouse and a screened porch.  See 5 Favorites: Summer Boathouse Roundup or 5 Favorites: Screened Sleeping Porches—see which you prefer.  



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