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Stekler House // Murray Legge Architecture

Austin, TX, United States

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With the precision and playfulness of origami the Stekler House’s north facade folds and flexes around an ancient oak tree, locking them together in a spatial dance. This addition to a 1920’s bungalow in central Austin addressed and improved the health of the 150-year-old heritage tree. The addition doubles the size of the house and preserves its 1920’s charm by leaving it largely untouched while adding a modern dining area, study and master bedroom suite.

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The addition is designed with large north facing and clerestory windows that open views into the impressive ancient tree and across the rooftops of the wooded single story neighborhood. The shape of the addition creates an outdoor space in the shade of the trees massive limbs while also preserving its critical root zone.

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Since the lot fronts onto two streets, the addition offers a second street entry and alternate identity to the property.Design Team: LZT Architects Inc.; Murray Legge, Herman Thun, David Carroll, Julie WilliamsBuilder: Moontower Design BuildEngineering: TK Consulting Engineers.

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