April 1, 2015 01:00 PM

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When you work for yourself there are few limits. Paul Allain knows this. The architect whose vision is responsible for the revolutionary Tensas Towers in New Iberia is bringing a fresh new take on waterfront property done modern.

Nestled just a stone’s throw from the historic Shadows on the Teche, Tensas Tower is a soaring example of what can happen when the constraints are few and the imagination high. It was the favorite pick of INDesign judge Eddie Cazayoux and garnered a gold award for the 2015 competition.

“It was unique. It’s a very small footprint ... he went out on a limb,” Cazayoux says.

And it paid off. At present Paul’s son, David, who also works with his dad and helped finish up the years-long project, lives in the space. He enjoys the beauty of a design that uses the outside in a way that gives a 360-degree view of the site.

“When you have a project and you’re only answering to yourself ... you can experiment in a way and explore and see what you’re capable of,” David says.

Clearly, the sky is the limit for Paul.

(Editor’s Note: While the exterior of Tensas Towers was completed several years ago, the space became eligible for this year’s INDesign Awards because the interior was finished and the home inhabited in 2014.)

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