The Tree House


This house in Austin Texas was designed by MFarchitecture (Matt Fajkus Architecture) around the vitality of an existing oak tree.  The house wraps the tree creating a U-shaped plan which forms a courtyard or outdoor room.  The canopy of the tree creates dappled sunlight throughout the home’s carefully placed windows.

The exterior is a white stucco and vertical pine boards, with the wood acting as an interior reveal in contrast to the stark white planes.   The windows frame outdoor spaces while blurring the line between outdoor and indoor.  The interior finishes are simple with white walls and a soft-colored, polished concrete floor.

I find the most successful part of this house is the courtyard that celebrates the large oak tree and uses it for shade, color and texture.  The house sensitively lives with the tree and allows it to become part of the architecture.





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