02 Sep 5 Modern A-Frame Houses We Love
Popularized in 1950s to 70s, the humble A-frame carries a distinctively retro-modern aesthetic and bears load in a lightweight, cost-efficient manner.
Above: Designer John Tong’s inventive boutique hotel, the Drake Devonshire in Ontario, Canada, blends rural references with an urbane sensibility. The Owner’s Suite, shown here, is located under a dramatic A-frame clad with Douglas fir inside. Tong and his team custom designed the bed and found the sofa, armchair, and red footstool at the Brimfield Antique Market. The windows are by Alumilex, and the interior paint is Benjamin Moore’s Buckland Blue and Colorado Gray.
Courtesy of Nikolas Koenig
For this tiny house in Brecht, Belgium, adding 290 square feet to the 566-square-foot A-frame was all that was allowed by local building ordinances, but the architects at dmvA found that a single wing extended out to the side gave resident Rini van Beek all the storage and living space that she needed.
Photo by Frederik Vercruysse
Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of Auvillier is a modern play on centuries-old forms and technology. The rear facade of the home explodes into an expansive, glass-walled space.
Photo by Céline Clanet
In California’s Bear Valley, the vernacular A-frame serves an apt function, especially in the winter time—its steeply sloped roof causes snow to slide down its sides and disperse, keeping it from piling up atop.
Photo by Olivia Martin
Updating the A-frame of yore, this home’s liberal use of windows makes the most of panoramic views spanning two valleys in Catalonia, Spain.