A-frame house is an architectural house style featuring steeply angled sides (roofline) that usually begin at or near the foundation line, and meet at the top in the shape of the letter A. Although the A-shape was adopted throughout history, the A-frame house style rose to its prominence in the mid-twentieth century because of its cost-effectiveness and people’s desire to build vacation homes. Considered as one of the most simple yet distinctive house styles, its structural adaptability enabled architects to experiment more with modern designs. As these A-frame houses are cheap to build, architects got the opportunity to explore their creative side and come up with stunning houses.
A-frame Rethink, Fire Island, New York
Located in the Fire Island, New York, this A-frame house, known as A-frame Rethink, is designed by the Bromley Caldari Architects. The house, which was originally built in 1960, was handled to the architects in a derelict state with a tight spiral staircase, four dark bedrooms, a leaky roof, and a cracked pile foundation. The main idea behind the renovation of this three-storey structure was to remove the obstructions and maximize the daylight and views of the bay.A-Frame Re-Think is now a cathedral of light-filled with the color of sky and water.
La Leonera Mountain Retreat, Santiago
La Leonera Mountain Retreat located in Santiago is designed by Del Rio Arquitectos Asociados. Completed in the year 2014, the project is an interesting correlation of balance between expectations and propositions. Designed as a weekend retreat for a couple, the building combines two distinctly separate geometric volumes – a solid rectangular base and a lighter triangular structure with a glazed facade. The house is made of pine trusses covered by a sandwich panel of polyurethane with a zinc roof surface. The timber trusses provide ambient warmth to its occupiers.
A-frame house, Utsunomiya
The A-frame house in Utsunomiya designed by the Japanese studio SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE Co., Ltd. A metal roof completely surrounds this house, sheltering terraces, and a garden, so that residents can use these spaces all year round. The huge roof has a series of cutouts that allow natural light to enter inside. The large windows and punctures in the roofs are strategically located to allow sunlight to enter inside while providing the required privacy. The main building materials that give the house its distinct look are: white-painted Galvalume – a coated steel sheeting – and Japanese cedar wood.
House at the Pyrenees, Spain
This two storey contemporary house is located in a small village in northern Spain. Designed by the Barcelona-based studio Cadaval & Solà-Morales , the project was completed in the year 2010. The project seeks to display the construction values of an old existing vernacular house made from dry stone – a traditional technique in this area of great tectonic value.The project elaborates on a series of interior horizontal partitions supported by two vertical containers which behave both as structural elements and as divisions of the continuous space. These vertical elements generate continuity within the house and allow the possibility of transforming it into two independent homes. By preserving the original structure and creating a minimal yet contrasting intervention, the idea is to generate new and contemporary spaces for living whilst respecting the historic envelope.
A-frame House, Philadelphia
Designed by the duo Chad and Courtney Ludeman, this house is located on a quiet back road in a tiny town of New Jersey. The husband-and-wife team has renovated a classic 1960s A-frame cabin situated on the 2.5 acres of wooded land facing the Maurice River. Comprising a double-height atrium, a lofted area upstairs and a basement below, the house is constructed mainly of California Redwood. Following the principles of Scandinavian Modern interior design, the designer duo had it fully insulated with all mechanicals updated.The house acts as an urban getaway in winter and summer.