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Thursday, March 21st, 2013 Triangular geometry can go kitschy retro or super contemporary, and everywhere in between

A Range of A-Frames

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As a kid, A-frame houses always fascinated me; we’d look for them on family road trips like we looked for punch buggies and Alaska license plates. It was probably this awesome Fisher Price A-Frame; it was quite a contemporary  step up from the barn and more relaxing than the airplane:

Below is the house that launched a thousand A-frames, designed by architect Andrew Geller in Long Island NY and built in 1955. It’s known as the Reese house and is responsible for the surge in A-frame popularity in the fifties through the seventies. If you’re looking to extend your break from work right now, be sure to read this article by Alastair Gordon and check out more stunning shots of Geller’s work.

It was this super cool A-frame in ReadyMade magazine several years ago that recaptured my imagination, in fact, I’m pretty sure I blogged about it at the time.

These cool A-frames on the beach in Texas sure beat the heck out of a crumbling motel:

A-frames also inspired groovy ads and prints that have big time retro appeal today, like this one from SVPPLY:

If you’re really going for a kitschy look, check out this tall narrow A-frame outhouse:

I don’t know what I love more, the genius new addition on this classic A-frame in Belgium or the way the Panton Chairs look on its deck. See more of this addition by dmvA Architects over at i.d.

Finally, designers are using the the original A-frame silhouette as inspiration for incredible new architecture, like this one located in the Pyrenees, designed by Cadaval & Solà-Morales:

Finding fab a-frames is so easy on the internet that I thought we should have a little collection to admire. We’ll keep collecting them in our new A-frame Pinterest board. If you have any you’d like to share, please shoot us a link in the Comments section.

About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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