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Lakeshore Dock

This single-slip boat dock is a result of liberation through constraints balanced with sensory experience. Devised concurrently with the property's new residence, the boat dock creates both tangible and implied connections of experience and shelter. The dock's geometry, structural details, and site-specific locations are derived through its parametric considerations and implied connectivity to the site's main residence above. 

A steel roof composed of two triangulated planes is optimized for articulating views to and from the site as well as modulating direct sunlight exposure to establish a comfortable and functional year-round space in sun and shade. Part of this experiential and structural frame includes the porous stainless steel screens on the north and south faces of the dock. Thousands of unique, laser-cut shapes are distributed along the surfaces based on desired sight lines, direct solar exposure, shade, and relate to the rise and run of the stairs and roof slope all while providing structural reinforcement for the overall frame.

Location: Lake Austin, Texas
Phase: Under Construction - Completion Summer 2018
Design Team: MF Architecture

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX

Lakeshore Dock Ian M. Ellis Architect Austin, TX