Andersson-Wise’s Tower House provides cabin with extra lakefront accommodation

US firm Andersson-Wise has created a tall silvery building containing bedrooms near a waterside holiday home in Austin, so that the owners can invite more guests to stay. Tower House perches atop a hill overlooking Lake Travis, one of Austin’s man-made lakes created by the Marshall Ford Dam across Texas’ Colorado River. The building is

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Living spaces open out to Lake Austin at residence by A Parallel

Rooms with white and glass walls slots on top of the stone-clad ground floor of this house overlooking Lake Austin, by Texas firm A Parallel Architecture. The two-storey Lake Austin Residence has a wide footprint with floor-to-ceiling windows at nearly every vantage point. Structurally, the residence is comprised of an assortment of rectangular cubes that

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Tom Hurt attaches tiered white pods with plywood core to Austin house

Austin-based architect Tom Hurt has extended the back of a ranch house using a series of stacked units and wooden interiors to form a multi-storey living space. The 1,110-square-foot (103-square-metre) structure grows out from the existing low-slung home in Austin. The addition joins the main home through a series of low-lying platforms in the original

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Off-grid boathouse by Andersson-Wise sits on Lake Austin

American studio Andersson-Wise has completed a two-storey boathouse in Austin, with openings on the upper level that enable occupants to dive directly into the water. The Lake House pushes out from a steeply sloped bank and extends over Lake Austin in Texas. The lower portion of the rectangular building contains a sculling dock and boat storage,

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Vertical strips surround white Barcode House in Austin by Webber + Studio

US firm Webber + Studio has covered this family home in Austin with metal cladding that features raised strips of varying widths. Barcode House is one of the many new buildings in the Texan city’s Bouldin neighbourhood. It was constructed amongst existing trees on a Columbus Street lot, which restricted the home’s layout. “This new home was designed for

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North Arrow Studio’s Texas woodland residence takes cues from Mies van der Rohe

Austin-based North Arrow Studio has raised this glazed house on stilts to offer its residents elevated views over tree tops in rural Texas, using the iconic Farnsworth House as a reference. Located in Texas Hill Country near Austin, The RoadRunner Residence is modelled on modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s famous house, which is also built in

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Gabled home in Austin by Dick Clark + Associates references surrounding properties

Texas architecture firm Dick Clarke + Associates has completed a home in the state’s capital Austin, modifying a half-built spec house to suit the new owners’ needs. The Palma Plaza Spec residence is located in the Clarksville neighbourhood, west of the city’s downtown area. The surrounding homes are mostly pre-war bungalows built in the American

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Andersson-Wise assembles new and salvaged materials into rustic Austin boathouse

US firm Andersson-Wise Architects has created a modest boathouse in Texas, designed to blend with its site as if it were “in a state of natural decomposition”. The Bunny Run Boat Dock is located on the shore of Lake Austin, in the city of Austin. Encompassing 2,563 square feet (238 square metres), the enclosure contains

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Gable wall conceals double-height atrium in Austin home by Design Hound

Austin studio Design Hound has completed a local home with light-toned facades, designed to help to create a “soft transition” into the residence’s bright interior. The Laurelwood House sits in a residential neighbourhood outside downtown Austin, Texas. A low-slung garage abuts a gabled, rectangular house, creating a long facade that reduces sight lines into the

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Design Hound hides second storey of Austin home behind faceted roof

Austin architecture firm Design Hound has concealed a spa-like interior behind the understated facade of this local residence. The two-storey Indian Trail House sits in an old neighbourhood of Austin, Texas. Approaching the size limit set by community restrictions, the clients wanted the minimise the home’s appearance on a street of predominately low residences. “At

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Tim Cuppett designs Austin hillside home to be both modern and rustic

Texas studio Tim Cuppett Architects has created a family dwelling with a “camp-like aesthetic”, which features a pool terrace, a large screened porch and a material palette influenced by the natural landscape. Called 1 Hillside, the home is located in Austin’s Travis Heights neighbourhood, on a narrow hillside lot totalling one acre (0.4 hectares). The home

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Un.Box Studio creates compact waterfront cottage in Austin woods

American firm Un.Box Studio has used low-maintenance materials to create a simple, lakeside cabin in Texas surrounded by cypress trees and a verdant lawn. Located a few miles outside of downtown Austin, the cottage sits on a heavily wooded site that is a mere 100 feet (30 metres) wide. The property, nicknamed the Narrows, has been owned

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Self-built Austin home by Sean Guess is clad in hide-like cement panels

Cement-fibre panels that appear to have the same texture as an elephant’s skin clad the exterior of this home that architect Sean Guess built for himself in Austin, Texas. The texture gives the home its name, Elephant House. Local architect Guess was immediately attracted to the material for its simplicity, durability and ease of installation.

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Rectilinear Austin house by Matt Fajkus embraces rolling terrain

Cedar, concrete and stucco were among the materials used to construct this spacious Texas dwelling by American studio Matt Fajkus Architecture. Called the [Bracketed Space] House, the residence is located on a sloped site in the city of Austin. It was designed for a young urban family that enjoys indoor-outdoor living. The two-storey home was conceived “as a

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Matt Fajkus completes urban Austin home with retractable glass walls

Texas firm Matt Fajkus Architecture has completed a family home in Austin that features rooms with sliding glass walls, enabling the spaces to be fully opened to the outdoors (+ slideshow). Called the Main Stay House, the dwelling is located on a slender urban lot in Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighbourhood. Encompassing 3,271 square feet (304 square metres), More

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Trail Restroom by Miro Rivera Architects is a public toilet with weathering steel walls

Pre-rusted steel plates are arranged in a spiral to form the walls of this public toilet created by Miro Rivera Architects in a park in Austin, Texas (+ slideshow). The Trail Restroom is the first new public toilet built in 30 years on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, a public park that follows the banks of the Colorado More

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Lake Flato completes spacious Austin home featuring a boardwalk leading to a lake

US firm Lake Flato has built a waterfront retreat in Austin, Texas, featuring a two-storey porch and a slender lap pool that runs alongside the home (+ slideshow). Called the Hog Pen Creek Retreat, the house sits at the confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, on a site dotted with pecan and cypress trees. More

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