Wrapped in cedar shakes, a small cottage uses angled walls to sidestep code restraints and gain greater living space.
Despite its seemingly random appearance and slanted walls, the decisions behind the playful shape of this compact East Austin cottage are rooted in practical problem solving—just ask Nicole Blair, architect and founder of the local practice Studio 512.
“The Hive’s 320-square-foot footprint is the maximum allowed for a guest house by the city of Austin on this residential lot,” Nicole explains. “To gain enough volume to fit a one-bedroom dwelling, walls tilt from the slab—hugging building setback planes and an angled utility easement at the back of the property—to add volume where needed, evoking the shape of a beehive.”
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