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Filtered Frame Dock in Austin

post updated March 20, 2024

Design: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Filtered Frame Dock Austin Texas

Photos by Charles Davis Smith; MF Architecture

June 29, 2020

Filtered Frame Dock

This single-slip boat dock of Filtered Frame 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.

A mild 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. The roof’s solar orientation influenced the overall structural frame to shift within the maximum 14′ x 30′ buildable area.

Filtered Frame Dock Austin Texas

The perforated screen and roof geometry were carefully calibrated to attain the client’s desire to have fifty percent sun and fifty percent shade throughout the year. On the equinox, light and shadow are perfectly balanced. As the seasons shift, the dock provides greater shade during the heat of the summer and welcomes more sun during the cooler winter months.

Part of this experiential and structural frame includes the perforated stainless steel screen on the north and south faces of the dock. Thousands of unique, laser-cut perforations were shaped and distributed along the surfaces using parametric scripting. Their size and location is based on desired sight lines, direct solar exposure, shade, and relationships with the rise and run of the stairs and roof slope, all while providing structural reinforcement for the overall frame.

Filtered Frame Dock Austin Texas

Intentionally crafted as an integrated component of the overall site conditions, the dock transitions to and from the designed landscape and lake, as well as from existing to new vegetation along the ravine. Familiar and comfortable materials such as hardwood and natural stone are used where tactile interaction occurs. Durable materials like the steel structure are accentuated and refined deliberately for sensory experiences beyond their inherent duty of making a strong and reliable structural system.

In addition to its role as nautical landing apparatus, the dock is a calibrated instrument for light and ventilation. The structure provides varied experiences across the ecotone – above the water, along the water, in the water, while immersed in a rehabilitated designed landscape. Together, this specific portion of Austin waterfront creates visual connection and unifies the various designed systems and places once again to the home overlooking the property.

Filtered Frame Dock, Austin, TX – Building Information

Architect: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2

General Contractor: Risinger & Co
Millwork: Delta Millworks
Landscape Architect: LandWest Design Group
Structural Engineer: Smith Structural Engineers

Photography: Charles Davis Smith; MF Architecture

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