Welcome to Descendant House, a home designed to accommodate multiple generations and foster harmonious coexistence within a single structure.
The Descendant House encompasses three distinct family units, for grandparents, parents, and children. The design ensures that while each unit enjoys their individual space, they remain interconnected through shared cooking and gathering areas that serve as the heart of the home. At the core of this remarkable space is the kitchen, a space of utmost importance to this family, where they bond over a love for food, cooking, gardening, and beekeeping—which takes place in the outdoor garden.
The design concept revolves around four primary materials: masonry, wood, glass, and stucco. Each material serves a specific purpose tailored to the unique identities within the household, and establishes a distinct relationship with the site. This intentional composition of volumes facilitates both the independence and interconnection of the family members.
Descendant House embodies the values of privacy, shared experiences, and connection to nature, serving as a testament to the power of architecture in facilitating a harmonious and dynamic coexistence for the family who calls it home.
The design work of Matt Fajkus Architecture is based on the belief that each project is unique and it should be driven by the client, the site, and the functional requirements, rather than a singular, preconceived aesthetic. The firm aims for clear and simple solutions to complex problems by blending expertise and experimentation. The practice brings collaborative energy to every project and is simultaneously an academic think tank directly connected to theoretical and technological research at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, while also practicing with a deep focus on realizing exceptional buildings.