Lake Austin Scenic Home Features a Spectacular Art Collection

Lake Austin Scenic Home Renovated by Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design Features a Spectacular Art Collection

Lake Austin Scenic Home Renovated by Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design Features a Spectacular Art Collection

Project: Lake Austin Scenic Home
Interior Designer: Christina Simon of Mark Ashby Design, Austin, TX
Architect: Tobin Smith Architect, San Antonio, TX
Contractor: Dalgleish Construction, Austin, TX
Structural Engineer: M. Scott Williamson, PE
Lighting Designer: Byrdwaters Design
Landscape Architect: Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Art Curation: Armstrong Art Consulting, San Antonio, TX
Area: 3,500 square foot
Photography: Douglas Friedman

The original home, built in 1968, underwent an architectural transformation that maintained the structure’s slab and shell but dramatically redefined the exterior presentation and interior experience. The back of the house opens up to Taylor’s Branch, a quiet inlet off of Lake Austin. Tucked in the treetops above this waterway, the house’s dramatic perch is concealed from the street behind an understated facade that provides little hint of the experience beyond. Exquisite materials, furnishings, and art are revealed upon entry and are set in dialogue with the natural realm beyond.

living room, Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design

One of the interior highlights of this project is the world class art with works from Mapplethorpe, DeWitt, Cragg, Fischl, Hirst, Bourgeois, and many more. With the exception of the vintage collection (original pieces from Alvar Alto, Edward Wormley, Roche Bobois, Karl Springer), much of the fabrics, rugs and cabinetry are custom, bespoke and handmade in such a way as to also stand as their own unique works of art — designed and or curated by interior designer, Christina Simon, Mark Ashby Design. A ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ in the lower level den houses an assortment of natural and historical objects: special finds of an avid collector that extend beyond fine art.

kitchen, Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design

While this 3,500 plus square foot home was designed to be a relaxed family lake house, it also serves as a hub for entertaining friends and hosting events. In addition, the dining room pulls double duty as an elegant conference space with an enormous stainless steel pull-out white board wall to accommodate board meetings and presentations. The homeowners, Lanham Napier, former Rackspace CEO has launched a VC firm in Austin. Lanham uses the Lake Austin Scenic Home as an office and private conference space for business. Dr. Dacia Napier is an art collector and historian – she believes giving art a unique way to be viewed outside a museum setting is important.

Lake Austin Scenic Home Renovated by Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design Features a Spectacular Art Collection

Art Collection:
Exterior: Joel Shapiro
Entry: Do Ho Suh
Living Room: Ruud van Empel, Ed Ruscha, Tony Cragg
Dining room: Ulrikk Dufosse, Sol LeWitt, David Wiseman
Hall to Powder: Peter Alexander, Liza Lou, Rick Owens
Hall to Master: Damien Hirst
Master Bedroom: Shirazeh Houshiary, Eric Fischl, Tomás Sareceno
Master Bathroom: Kiki Smith
Guest Bedroom: Ross Bleckner, Fred Tomaselli
Stairwell: Roxy Paine, Den, Roni Horn, Gisela Colon
Hall: Ellsworth Kelly, Ron Gorchov

In the Collection not photographed:
Zhu Jinshi (Entry)
Robert Mapplethorpe (Hall)
Jeff Zimmerman (Hall)
Jiri Dokoupil (Hall)
Mark Schlesinger (Guest)
Laurent Grasso (bath)
Louise Bourgeois (Girl’s Bed)

bedroom, Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design

bedroom, Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design

bedroom, Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design

Lake Austin Scenic Home Renovated by Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design Features a Spectacular Art Collection

Lake Austin Scenic Home Renovated by Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design Features a Spectacular Art Collection

Lake Austin Scenic Home Renovated by Tobin Smith Architects and Mark Ashby Design Features a Spectacular Art Collection

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