10 Modern A-Frame Homes That Give Nod to Nostalgia

Located in Snoqualmie Pass in The Pass Life community in Washington State, 160 Cascade is a prefab A-frame designed by Stephenson Collective and built by Buildhouse. The 1,721-square-foot cabin embraces modern mountain living with stunning views of the surrounding area full of evergreens.

angled exterior view of modern a-frame house behind small grassy hill

Photo: Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma of BoysPlayNice

The Weekend House in Beskydy, located in the Beskydy Mountains in the Czech Republic, is designed by Pavel Míček Architects to blend into its mountainous location while also proudly showing off its angular design. Choosing both heavy and light materials, the house is built with a concrete base that will eventually be covered in moss and a lightweight larch wood A-frame top floor that will slowly patina to a grey-silver.

exterior shot of angular a-frame cabin in light wood with white accents surrounding by snowy trees

Photo: Courtesy Scott and Scott Architects

This modern A-frame cabin, by Scott and Scott Architects, is designed for a family of snowboarders who longed for a weekend retreat in Whistler, Canada. The cabin is built into the bluff with an exposed frame of local Douglas fir, offering coziness within its snowy backdrop.

External front shot of a modern black A-frame cabin on a snowy hill

Photo: Maxime Brouillet

Cabin A, by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architectes, rests on a steep slope in the Charlevoix region with an A-frame design that gives nod to naval architecture. The triangular roof gives nod to sails in the wind, while the large wooden covered terrace references the upper deck on a ship.

Angled exterior view from lake looking to black a-frame elevated cabin jutting out from trees

Photo: Ian Balmorel

Located in the Eastern Townships, near Montréal, Chalet A is a 1950’s property that’s been renovated by Matière Première Architecture into a modern cabin on the lake that peeps out from the evergreen forest. The A-frame silhouette is clad in black metal roofing, while the interior boasts shades of white and sage for a cozy, relaxed feel.

exterior side view looking up to black a-frame cabin on stilts

Photos: Rasmus Norlander

Quite possibly one of the most unique A-frames out there, the PAN Cabin in Hedmark, Norway, designed by Espen Surnevik, lives on stilts raising the structure high up to live amongst the treetops. With views in every direction, this cabin rental makes you feel like you’re camping in a comfortable hotel in the forest.

partial exterior view of modern a-frame house made of wood and white material

Photo: François Dantart

With strict building codes to follow, NODE architectes designed a modern white A-frame that blends into its Arradon, France neighborhood. The POG House, plastered with white masonry and topped off with a dark aluminum roof, stands out with its dramatically sloped to 60 degrees roof line.

front exterior view of small worn wood a-frame cabin in woods

Photo: Martin Gardner

AR Design Studio designed The Climber’s Cabin in southern England on property where the forest and stream meet. Standing at approximately 269 square feet, the A-frame structure was built to house guests on a homeowner’s property offering a tranquil spot to escape to while visiting.

exterior view of modern black a-frame house with side extension and deck with dining table

Photo: Mick Couwenbergh

Belgian firm dmvA renovated and designed an addition to a black A-frame vacation house in Brecht, Belgium, that resulted in a trapezoid-like form extending off the main structure. The extension added much needed square footage while respecting the original design.

angled elevated exterior view of modern all-white a-frame house in Japan

Photo: Toshiyuki Yano

Located in Tochigi, Japan, the House in Utsunomiya is a unique A-frame designed by Suppose Design Office with strategically placed openings along both sides of the roof. The cutouts bring natural light to the interior without compromising privacy, along with a rooftop deck that also allows the occupants outdoor time without prying eyes.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.


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