The Autohaus is a home in Austin, Texas, that was designed as both a car collectors’ garage and a residence. The main bedroom is part of a 20-foot cantilever that seems to float above an open area that can be used for gatherings and automobile display.
To separate the home's front entrance from the highway, designers built concrete walls to frame a small courtyard, using polygal and steel panels to create a bit of transparency on the side of the carport and as a small accent on the street side. Now, the entry circulation comes parallel to the driveway on the street side with bright red doors which match the front door and visually call visitors and clarify the entry sequence.
Despite the facade's strong linear elements, the home sits on a steeply sloping lot. The only flat area was allocated to the carport. The floor plan was laid out in response to the natural features of the property and its orientation.
These homeowners liked the cleanness of a modern home, but also wanted to keep warm colors that made the space feel more their own, so designers created a "transitional" look, using color tones that are clean and soft to downplay the radical, horizontal lines of a modern design.