The Tower House by Andersson-Wise Architects

This wood clad Tower House, built as a separate extension to a cottage, is home to two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a covered terrace that sits 30 feet above the ground. #ModernArchitecture #ModernHouse

Photography by Art Gray

 

Andersson-Wise Architects have designed the Tower House in Austin, Texas, as a solution to their client’s request for an additional two bedrooms with baths and larger living area.

Instead of building an extension onto a 1930’s limestone cabin, they instead created a vertical tower of wood nearby.

 

Andersson-Wise Architects have designed the Tower House in Austin, Texas, as a solution to their clients request for additional two bedrooms with baths and larger living area. Instead of building an extension onto a 1930's limestone cabin, they instead created a vertical tower of wood nearby. #ModernArchitecture #Tower #ModernHouse

Photography by Art Gray

The tower rises up out of the forest and provides views of Lake Travis, which is barely visible at ground level through the surrounding trees.


This three-storey modern tower rises up out of the forest and provides views of Lake Travis, which is barely visible at ground level through the surrounding trees. #ModernArchitecture

Photography by Art Gray

A flagstone path connects the two buildings and concrete stairs lead up to the entrance of the tower, while the exterior of the tower is clad in Massaranduba wood.


A flagstone path with concrete stairs lead up to the entrance of this tower, while the exterior of the tower is clad in Massaranduba wood. #Flagstone #ConcreteStairs #WoodFacade #ModernArchitecture

Photography by Art Gray

Upon entering the tower, there’s a small arrival space  that invites the visitor to walk up shaded stairs, that are positioned between the outside wall and the interior rooms. As someone walks up to the bedrooms, rectangular openings invite breezes to circulate and offer views of trees, sky, and lake. If walking up the stairs is a problem for someone, there’s also a small elevator.


In this towering vacation home, rectangular openings invite breezes to circulate and offer views of trees, sky, and lake. #Architecture #Wood

Photography by Art Gray

The tower is home to two small bedrooms, with one bedroom on the first and second floors. The interior walls of the tower are covered in Birch plywood, making the interior wood lighter than the darker exterior wood on the facade. Large corner windows feature in each of the bedrooms and reveal wide views of the woods and the lake.


This modern bedroom has Birch plywood walls, while a large corner window reveals wide views of the woods and the lake. #CornerWindow #BirchWalls #PlywoodWalls #ModernBedroom #BedroomDesign

Photography by Art Gray

Each bedroom also has its own bathroom. Small windows provide views and add natural light, however they are small enough to provide privacy at the same time. Floor-to-ceiling white tiles help to keep the interior bright.


In this modern white and wood bathroom, small windows provide views and add natural light, however they are small enough to provide privacy at the same time. Floor-to-ceiling white tiles help to keep the interior bright. #ModernBathroom #WhiteBathroom #WoodFlooring #BathroomDesign

Photography by Art Gray

On the top floor of the tower is a shaded terrace that sits 30 feet above the ground.


This tower has a shaded terrace that sits 30 feet above the ground and has views of the trees and lake. #Terrace #Architecture

Photography by Art Gray

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