(Preview) Texas Architect May/June 2014: Water
Exceptional craft and a relationship with water characterize all of the projects in this issue. Water is a scarce commodity in Texas, and with the continuation of the relentless drought conditions across the state, water conservation and energy efficiency are increasingly important. The featured projects include examples of the seamless integration of high-tech mechanicals and well designed spaces.
Paperwork Boat Dock Alterstudio Architecture The views up and down Lake Austin are impressive: Rolling hills covered in trees frame a slightly narrow strip of green-blue water with an enormous sky above. “It’s great,” says Ernesto Cragnolino, AIA, of Alterstudio Architecture. “But if you look across the lake, you are essentially looking into someone’s not-so-faraway backyard.” The privacy issue increases when you consider the fact that the lake was designed for recreational use and receives heavy water traffic on warm days. Alterstudio’s boat dock is positioned parallel to the yard. The small dock provides easy access to a storage area and changing room. “It is a beautiful setup,” says Cragnolino. “It is the last property on the road, and we are integrating water features into the entry sequence of the house. The boat dock along the edge of the sloped backyard helps introduce the water again.” for a new residential project embraces the long views of the water and landscape, but screens the immediacy of the speedboats from backyard barbecuers. The timber slats hide the slip and extend up, providing a guardrail for the 500-sf deck. The house has substantial lake frontage, allowing for a fairly wide dock within the rule allowance. The deck is programmed with a small kitchenette and area for relaxing. Below, the slip, which accommodates one boat and two jet skis, 5/6 2014 Texas Architect 25