If you set out to design a sleek, contemporary home to show off some of the unusual stuff you’ve collected over the years, you might not expect to arrive at an A-frame. A-frames are a simple structural idea that peaked in the states maybe 40 or 50 years ago in vacation homes. William O’Brien, Jr. has dusted off the structural system by adding bends to the plan and pushing the top off-center, creating something familiar yet refreshing. The interior surface of the wall pulls away from the frame to create opportunities for storage or display, which, for a collector, can be the same thing.
And none of this house is real yet. I tend to dislike photorealistic renderings, but these images by Peter Guthrie are really phenomenal; they exaggerate the mood of the house without distracting from it.