Discover Off-Grid Boathouse by Andersson-Wise
Find out all you need to know about this amazing architectural project: Off-Grid Boathouse by Andersson Wise on Lake Austin!
Andersson-Wise is an architecture&design studio based in Austin, Texas that is working with residential, institutional and hospitality architecture and aims to achieve great results by offering the best solutions to their clients.
The studio has completed a two-storey boathouse in Austin, with openings on the upper level that enable the people that live there to dive directly into the water. What can be more exciting than that?
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, while the upper floor houses a furnished living area and grill. The structure serves as both a storage facility and a space for relaxation.
“The boathouse provides a respite from the exhaustions of heat and the exertion of swimming, but it constantly reminds occupants of their proximity,” said the studio’s spokeperson.
The structure is accessed via a nearly half-mile-long path, which leads visitors down a forested hill and over a wooden and metal footbridge that spans a ravine.
“The simple, elegant building rises above the water, resting on the surface like a water skater,” the team said. “And like the surface-skimming insect, this off-the-grid domicile exerts a minimal impact on its surroundings.”
A single frame made of steel was transported to the site by barge, and was then anchored into a rock in the lake. A “floating carpenter shop” was used to complete construction on the water-facing side of the structure.
Portions of the building are clad in dark-stained wood. On the north and east facades, the team installed operable screens that swing outward and can be propped open. Full-height openings enable occupants to dive directly into the lake from the elevated living room, and also bring in fresh air.
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