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Contemporary Architectural Masterpiece on Lake Austin

Posted: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 02:33 PM - 218 Readers

By: Eric Moreland Properties

Contemporary Architectural Masterpiece on Lake Austin

proves Austin can hold its own when it comes to world-class architecture. Extensive remodel design by the innovative and award-winning Bercy Chen Studio, the concept, construction and finishes are worthy of some of the great homes of the world.

Beginning with a beautiful water-level lot on Lake Austin, the owner and architects used a material palette of stone, exotic wood, glass, plaster and copper to craft a structure that is in remarkable harmony with the surrounding water and woodlands. Every element is considered; there is not a view or surface that hasn't been carefully selected to enhance the overall experience. As an example, even the normally-mundane chimney has even been given thought; sheathed in glass, it seems to disappear in to the sky.

There is a repeating theme of contrast between free-form and geometric, organic and man-made; floors alternate between creamy travertine and warm, burnished Brazilian hardwood, black steel windows frame the greenery beyond. Even the structured succulent installation and rooftop vegetable gardens are juxtaposed against the tangle of trees visible across the lake. Unexpected elements like copper accents and backlit acrylic are surprising, but skillfully blended in to the overall design.

Tour a walk-through and interview with the Architect here.


From the minute you open the front gate and enter the courtyard to the point at which you dip your toe in the lake, there is a cohesive experience to the entire property. The reflecting pool that frames the back of the house flows seamlessly in to a large pleasure pool, both lined with black stone to provide continuity. Even the patio and boathouse are designed with the same attention to detail as the interior.

This property is made all the more remarkable by the combination of serene seclusion offered by the lakefront lot and the convenience of being minutes from downtown off of Austin's storied Mount Bonnell Road. The Peninsula Residence is destined to be considered as one of the great architectural gems in Austin.


The interior is designed to merge indoors and out, both aesthetically and practically. Polished plaster walls are strategically placed to bounce the light from a narrow reflecting pool that wraps the back of the structure. A pocket door at the dining room reveals a hidden courtyard, extending the dining space in to the open.

Beyond beauty, the mark of great architecture is functionality. The main spaces are designed to maximize interaction without sacrificing utility, an example being the large kitchen/eating area that has multiple dining, prep and storage areas plus a caterer's kitchen. In contrast to the airy open rooms, there are a series of unique hideaways for family and private time. A stunning wood-paneled gallery/library greets you at the top of the stairs, leading to a large bonus room and cozy media room perfect for lounging.

Tour MORE details on this home at here.

*  Story Contributed by: Eric Moreland Properties


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