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Autohaus in Austin

Contemporary Home in Austin, Texas, USA – design by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Jan 3, 2018


Design: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Location: Austin, Texas, USA


Autohaus in Austin
photo © Charles Davis Smith

The Autohaus is a car collectors’ garage and residence in central Texas. The design features compact living quarters, expressed as a single mass, floating above an open area for flexible gathering and automobile calibration/display.

Autohaus in Austin

Autohaus in Austin

Autohaus in Austin
photos © Charles Davis Smith

The second-floor volume is shifted forward to allow for double-height views to the garage space at the back, while creating an everyday carport beneath the hovering bed chamber in the front. The twenty-foot cantilever is made possible by W30x116 steel beams, and a light-filled stairwell provides physical access between the two volumes. Custom-made steel and glass sliding doors open the living space to a large roof terrace surrounded by tree canopies, enabling indoor/outdoor living in an urban setting.

Autohaus in Austin Autohaus in Austin
photos © Luke Jacobs

A collaborative design and construction process was key to the project. The Matt Fajkus Architecture team worked with the general contractor, Risinger Homes, to design, fabricate, and install the large custom steel doors and windows.

Autohaus in Austin

Autohaus in Austin
photos © Charles Davis Smith

A makeshift steel fabrication and paint shop was temporarily set up inside the partially-built garage during construction. The doors and windows were built in-house on the ground floor before their installation in its floating living quarters.

Autohaus in Austin
photo © MF

This process allowed for greater quality control, high-end craftsmanship, full customization, and immediate installation, to produce a structure for a unique function and equally unique living experience.

Autohaus in Austin
photo © MF

Autohaus in Austin – Building Information

Architect: Matt Fajkus Architecture
Architecture Design Team: Matt Fajkus, AIA; David Birt; Sarah Wassel; Jooyoung Kim
General Contractor: Risinger & Co
Structural Engineer: ARCH Consulting Engineers
First Floor Walls: Bautex Systems
AV: Smarter Homes
Logistic Support: Nitsche Events
Building Size: 4,088 sqf
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Completion: 2017

Autohaus in Austin
photo © Charles Davis Smith

Countertops: Caesarstone
Trusses: RedBuilt
Concrete: Bautex Systems
Custom steel doors and windows built on site by Risinger & Co
Kitchen appliances: Bosch
Kitchen/Bathroom fixtures: Kohler

Autohaus in Austin

Autohaus in Austin
photos © Charles Davis Smith

Photography: Charles Davis Smith; Perfecto Creative; Casey Woods; MF Architecture

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