Located within the Germantown section of Philadelphia, this new 2-bedroom home was designed, in both form and function, as an homage to the traditional carriage house. Taking the classic gable form and using a steep roof pitch, the house becomes a simple, modern interpretation of its Victorian neighbors. Clad in traditional slate shingles with window openings carefully considered along the street frontage, the house does not compromise the neighborhood’s rich architectural history. Much like a traditional carriage house, the new structure is located at the rear of the property and houses the owner’s classic-car collection on the ground floor with a modest living quarters above. The main living area takes advantage of the roof pitch, affording a lofted space that looks back toward the main house through a full glass wall into the tree canopy.