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Striking lakefront refuge peeks above the forest canopy on Lake Austin


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This contemporary lakefront refuge designed by A Parallel Architecture is nestled at the pinnacle of a cliff-lined bend on Lake Austin, Texas. This 4,600 square foot house welcomes one from suburban living through a focused entry procession and into another world — one of jungle-like woods, rocky outcrops, and meandering waterways.

Carefully sited to embrace these sweeping protected views, the lakefront structure also engages the hillside’s sectional variety to propose unexpected and dramatic vertical panoramas, from water’s edge below to high bluffs overhead.

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A series of lofted central living spaces are defined by a pair of massive masonry volumes, which in turn support a series of lean floating roof planes and cantilevered balconies that strategically frame unlikely ridgeline views hundreds of feet above the site itself. Secondary program is tucked under low-slung roof lines, subservient to the boughs of existing live oaks.

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Vertically threading through the atrium-like core of the home, a minimal steel and glass stair delicately connects the lofted living spaces to the light-filled guest quarters below, which in turn have direct access to the lower site amenities, including a swimming pool terrace, gardens and detached boat house.

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What We Love: This lakefront refuge offers a warm aesthetic despite its contemporary design, courtesy of its heavy use of wood. Stylish furnishings and accessories creates an inviting feel, while large windows draws in nature and natural light. This home’s elevated design makes you feel like you are living above the tree canopy, providing a relaxed living environment for all who reside here.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this home? Do you think you would feel at peace residing in this dwelling? Let us cognize in the Comments!

Note: Take a look at another fabulous home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, A Parallel Architecture: Inside a mid-century home reimagined with stunning details on Lake Austin.

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Photos: Andrew Pogue

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