North Arrow Studio creates steel ADU in Austin to resemble a birdhouse

North Arrow Studio has accomplished a compact, corrugated steel accent dwelling unit in East Austin’s Chestnut neighbourhood that includes a {custom}, round pivot window that’s harking back to the spherical opening in a birdhouse.

Aptly named the Birdhouse, the 900-square foot (84-square metre) ADU shares a slim 5,900-square metre (550-square metre) lot with a 1939 single-storey home and three massive protected pecan timber.

The Birdhouse is an adjunct dwelling unit in East Austin

North Arrow Studio’s principal architect Francisco Arredondo described the two-bedroom, two-bath home as “simplicity carried to the intense”.

“There’s simplicity within the footprint, the massing, and the fabric palette all through,” Arredondo stated. “But it surely’s additionally a wise little home that makes me smile.”

Corrugated metal structure by North Arrow Studio placed around trees
It’s strategically positioned round timber to create a courtyard

The house was strategically positioned across the timber to create a courtyard between the principle home and the ADU whereas offering privateness for the separate residing quarters.

The L-shaped plan contains a bed room, rest room, kitchen and front room that includes a roll-up storage door on the bottom flooring, all wrapped round an exterior pecan tree.

White walls of ADU with roll-up garage door
A roll-up storage door options in the lounge

Upstairs, the principle suite sits inside the vaulted ceiling of the double-gabled kind. 4 five-foot (1.5-metre) diameter circle home windows sit beneath every gable and use the encompassing tree cover for privateness.

“They create a resemblance to a standard birdhouse and convey a way of caprice to the design,” the studio stated.

Circular pivot window in gabled roof
The principle suite sits inside the vaulted ceiling of the double-gabled kind

One of many custom-fabricated metal home windows serves because the required egress for the room.

“We started with a pivot design and labored our method in direction of a ultimate swing design that opened as much as the pecan tree’s cover,” the staff defined.

Bathroom with red tiles and small circular windows
The rounded-window motif carries all through the home

The rounded-window motif carries all through the home with miniature {custom} metal circle home windows.

“Strategically chosen partitions are curved to melt edges and draw you into the areas,” the studio stated. “Inside finishes are easy and restrained other than just a few accent partitions that give life to every room.”

Neutral colours in bedroom of ADU
Impartial colors adorn the residing areas

The monotone ADU is wrapped in gentle corrugated steel that “is a nod to the numerous steel sheds and accent buildings already discovered all through the neighborhood, however with a contemporary and playful twist”.

The gentle, rounded edges and impartial color complement the prevailing home and supply an accent alongside the alley, and the steel runs up the partitions and turns into the roof materials as properly.

Within the courtyard, a curved polycarbonate wall brings gentle into the hallway and creates a softly glowing, semi-transparent impact.

Corrugated steel was chosen for its sustainability and resilience because the envelope is 100 per cent recyclable, repels solar and warmth in Texas summers and is sturdy and low-maintenance, based on the studio.

Corrugated metal structure with circular openings and a gabled roof
Corrugated steel wraps the construction

“Working with a decent price range and constrained footprint may be very useful in making a story for the design,” the studio stated. “The constraints start to information you and lend alternatives to be artistic with conventional supplies and areas in ways in which usually would not be thought-about.”

In 2014, North Arrow Studio created a stilted dwelling within the Texas Hill Nation that references Mies Van der Rohe’s glass Farnsworth Home.

The pictures is by Chase Daniel.

Undertaking credit:

Builder, developer, proprietor: Brita Wallace, Digs ATX
Styling: Ben Newman Studios