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"Local Love: Floating Second Floor Doubling as a Carport," Tribeza Magazine, October issue, 2017 
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Location: Austin, Texas
Project Manager: David Birt
Design Team: Matt Fajkus, AIA, David Birt, Sarah Wassel, Jooyoung Kim
General Contractor: Risinger & Co 
First Floor Walls: Bautex Systems

Structural Engineer: ARCH Consulting Engineers 
AV: Smarter Homes
Staging & Styling:
Nitsche Events  
Completion 2017


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. 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 up the living space to a large roof terrace surrounded by tree canopies, enabling indoor/outdoor living in an urban setting. 

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


Charles Davis Smith
Perfecto Creative
Casey Woods
MF Architecture