Minimalist A-Frame Cabin Is a Temple To Serenity and Relaxation

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The whole point of a cabin in the woods is to get away from it all. And somehow the architect behind the Allandale House, William O'Brien Jr., has managed to design a structure that looks less complicated than even a tent.

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The cabin's exaggerated A-frame design might result in ridiculously high ceilings and what looks to the untrained eye like a general waste of space. But who cares when it also affords those stunning floor-to-ceiling windows with their unobstructed view of the surrounding poplar trees? Let's hope the owners are open to the idea of a timeshare. [William O'Brien Jr. via Co.Design]

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DISCUSSION

A-frames are simple; that's the only advantage.

The high ratio of surface area to volume makes them a bitch to regulate temperature, and you use more material per square foot than with a normal house (especially a two-story normal house).

If you want a good view of the surrounding, put a cupola on top. :p