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.