This Freedman’s cottage presented a familiar architectural challenge: how to introduce modernity and maximize living space while preserving a home’s humble roots. Expansion was addressed via a series of interconnected spaces.

Project Name: Toyath Residence
Studio Name:
Webber + Studio, Architects
Location : Austin, Texas , United States
Photography: Chloe Gilstrap

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Living Room ©Chloe Gilstrap

Guests are drawn from the original inward-looking two-room cottage at the front, through a compressed tube-like space containing the kitchen, and culminating in a voluminous rear addition.

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The addition’s symmetry subtly echoes that of the original cottage. The existing structure’s significance as the home of a freed slave was too important to dismiss. This restoration-addition demonstrates that one can be both historically and environmentally responsible while also executing a modern design in a way that enhances both.

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Bedroom ©Chloe Gilstrap

That visitors are often struck by the unexpected spaces hidden behind the home’s unassuming historic facade suggests that it is even possible to do so with potency.

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