Straight Curves: A-Frame House with a Triangular Twist


Some architects love curves, but most learn quickly how cost-prohibitive they can be. Still, a remarkably similar effect can be accomplished using crooked angles that conform better to programmatic needs while also adding to a house’s aesthetic dimensions.

Architect William O’Brien Jr created reconstructs a conventional a-frame approach in a small vacation cabin for a couple of eccentric collectors of everything from wines and books to stuffed game.

A lovely series of diagrammatic deformations turns the atypical triangle at the heart of the design in various directions, balancing its flexibility and rigidity of form.

The result is a kind of work-in-progress that tests the limits of triangular sections for habitable structures – width becomes a crucial element in allowing for a limited second story, while practical geometric limits inform the scope of angles between each segment.

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