Location Austin
Architect Miró Rivera Architects
Design Team Juan Miró, FAIA; Miguel Rivera, FAIA; Ken Jones, AIA; Brooks Cavender; Taylor Odell
Contractor Dalgleish Construction Company
Civil Engineer Janis Smith Consulting
Structural Engineer Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Electrical Engineer Bay and Associates
Geotechnical Engineer Terracon
Lighting Designer ArcLight Design

Perched in the shallow waters of Lake Austin, this project sought to utilize the minimum number of elements needed to create a boat dock that is both structurally and aesthetically elegant. The primary elements are the triangular steel tube frames and horizontal decks. The triangular frames reduce the number of support piles required while creating the sensation that the dock is balanced “just so.” The frames are cross-braced by the thin piers, deck, and roof. Viewed from far away, the boat dock appears as a series of floating planes, thus preserving views through the structure. Incorporating functional elements such as lighting, speakers, and handrails became a matter of finding the least intrusive solutions in order to preserve the integrity of the essential parti.

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