lake flato connects hog pen creek retreat in austin with residential boardwalk

 

 

 

in texas, architecture firm lake flato has completed the ‘hog pen creek residence’, an expansive lakeside retreat connected by a long exterior boardwalk. situated at the confluence of hog pen creek and lake austin, the dwelling was envisioned by its owners as a playful property that encouraged outdoor living, and maximized the site’s tranquil views. the home’s L-shaped footprint and orientation helps negotiate heritage oak trees, a steeply sloping site, and aggressive setbacks from the water. the boardwalk connects a series of structures that step down the hillside, traversing a 75-foot lap pool, and terminating at a screened pavilion by the lake’s edge.

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the expansive lakeside retreat is located in austin, texas
all images by casey dunn

 

 

 

the main living area is a two-story volume with a lofted master bedroom and porches at both ends. this area of the home enjoys cool prevailing breezes and shade from the adjacent oak trees. the interior accommodates many operable windows that provide cross ventilation and daylight, while three pairs of oversized doors provide sweeping views of lake austin. lake flato carefully sited the project so that no existing trees had to be removed during its construction. however, one pecan tree was uprooted during a storm and was consequently incorporated into the design of tables and shelves within the home.

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the dwelling was envisioned as a playful property that encouraged outdoor living

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the property is connected by a long exterior boardwalk

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the home’s L-shaped footprint helps negotiate heritage oak trees

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the thoroughfare traverses a 75-foot lap pool

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the main living area is a two-story volume with a lofted master bedroom

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inhabitants enjoy cool prevailing breezes and shade from adjacent oak trees

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a felled tree was used to make some of the home’s furniture

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the upper level includes a small study

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the residence softly illuminated at dusk

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a secluded pavilion floats on lake austin

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