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Not an optical illusion

Wood shingled house with glowing windows Photo by Casey Dunn courtesy Studio 512

Squeezing a little extra square footage out of a tight space can lead to some inspired design choices—like this wonky looking guest house in Austin, Texas.

Designed by Studio 512 as an addition to a larger house, The Hive has an unusual “beehive-inspired” shape that bows outward from its foundation.

Photo by Whit Preston courtesy Studio 512
Kitchen with tilted walls Photo by Whit Preston courtesy Studio 512

Austin regulations stipulate that this guest house can only have a footprint of 320 square feet. Instead of accepting its tiny home fate, architect Nicole Blair made the most of the space she had by tilting the walls from the slab and “carefully tailoring the space in three dimensions.”

The Seussian arrangement isn’t just for garnering perplexed looks, though. The slanted walls, for example, allow for more counter space in the kitchen. And in the bedroom, the walls expand at knee-height to make room for a queen bed.

Photo by Whit Preston courtesy Studio 512
Desk with chair Photo by Whit Preston courtesy Studio 512

The house still sits on 320 square feet—rules are rules—but it’s designed to feel a heck of a lot bigger than that, 550 square feet across two two levels, to be exact.

Photo by Whit Preston courtesy Studio 512

Via: Inhabitat