Matt Fajkus Architecture designs Autohaus around automotive restoration


Sometimes architects just need to learn about their clients’ interests to come up with fantastic designs. It really helps when you know what is going on someone’s passion before the first skit begins. A prime example of this concept is a work by Matt Fajkus Architecture located in Austin, Texas. The aptly named Autohaus caters to what its owners love.

At home, two former racing car drivers now teach underprivileged young people about automobile restoration. The duo also enjoy collecting vintage vehicles, which easily becomes the highlight of every visit to the Autohaus. The structure is divided into two volumes presented as a two-storey building.

All the action takes place at ground level as the driveway leads to an open garage. Judging from the pictures, there is more than enough space inside to house 9 or more machines depending on the size. Additionally, Matt Fajkus Architecture opts for a cantilevered master suite, which also forms a carport to accommodate two or three other rides.

The main entrance is located to the left of the Autohaus. The door reveals a staircase that leads you to a dining room, kitchen and living room. An interesting feature of the latter is a section behind the floor-to-ceiling glazing. There is no flooring here to give people a view of the garage below.

Sliding glass doors reveal a rooftop terrace perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining when guests are nearby. Autohaus shows us that even with a simple plan, you can create a remarkable layout. Matt Fajkus Architecture even managed to install a small office area clad in wood to separate the master bedroom from the living room.

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Images courtesy of Matt Fajkus Architecture


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