Without even knowing it, you were able to draw a gable roof ever since you were a little kid, that’s how popular this style is. Gable roofs are the most common ones in modern architecture. They’re classic and have withstood the test of time thanks to their immense versatility. With roots in Greek and Roman architecture, this roof construction style is so popular even today because of its simplicity, adaptability and the fact that it’s easy and inexpensive to build. Given all that, architects even found ways to creatively turn the disadvantages into positive design features. The following projects capture the essence of the gable roof style in modern and contemporary architecture.
This is a cottage that stands in a forest clearing on the edge of a lake in Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Canada. It was designed by YH2 in 2017 and minimalism and elegance envelops it completely. The symmetrical gable roof ends just where the walls begin and the transition is seamless and suitable for a minimalist structure as this one. This stylish vacation cottage makes the most of its simple architecture by focusing on the views.
The roof is such a prominent feature in this case that architect Omar Gandhi named this project Black Gables. These two structures are located in Louisdale, Canada. One serves as a home and the other as a studio and they’re both simple, with eye-catching gable roofs and jet black exteriors. They were each positioned in such a way to take advantage of the views and daylight. The fact that the gables posed restrictions regarding the types of windows that could be installed didn’t bother anyone at all in this case. In fact, they’re almost entirely windowless which increased the privacy overall.
When designing this single-family home in Hejnice, in the Czech Republic, the architects at Prodesi found inspiration in the immediate surroundings of the structure and the local vernacular. That’s how they chose to shape the house like a traditional cottage with a gable roof, similar to the structures found throughout the region. But it’s not just the shape of the building that helps to make this house blend into its surroundings. A very interesting detail is the fact that the house stands on a stone plinth, partially cantilevered on one side, looking as if an avalanche had moved it there.
The Fallahogey House is another structure that mirrors the local vernacular while at the same time managing to stand out from the crowd. This is actually both a home and studio and it’s been designed by McGarry-Moon Architects to resemble the small agricultural metal sheds found in the area. However, it doesn’t mimic these structures entirely but it much rather translates the inspiration gathered from their designs into a minimalist and refined version of that. Check out the corten-clad exterior which makes it look as if the gable roof is dripping over the sides.
The design direction showcased here by Jager Janssen architecten is actually a very popular one these days. The facade and the gable roof form a continuous shell around the house, creating a cover made of corrugated metal sheets that contrast with the side gable walls which are clad in wood. Instead of classical windows, the house features skylights which let in lots of natural light without exposing the interior, thus maintaining a high level of privacy.
Another interesting version of the classic gable roof style can be seen in the design of this house from Carinthia, in Austria. The project was conducted by Spado Architects and structurally the house is organized on two levels, with the upper floor featuring a pitched roof which gently slopes to the sides forming an overlying timber frame which acts like a continuous shell for this volume. The ground floor, by comparison, has solid concrete walls and looks slender and well-grounded.
Remember those stick family houses you used to draw as a kid? This would be the real-life version of that. The Gable House was designed by Sheri Gaby Architects and is located in Sandringham, Australia. The wooden frame that you see here doesn’t mean the project is not finished. this is actually a signature element of this project. The outdoor desk comes in the continuation of the living space and the frame seamlessly extends the zone, outlining the gable roof construction.
Starting from the classical and simple lines of the gable roof, Maas Architecten managed to create a unique hybrid between a cottage and a greenhouse in the Dutch countryside. The Modern Countryside Villa has a design which combines elements inspired by the local vernacular with details of contemporary architecture. The H-shaped plan divides the structure into two wings with contrasting looks. One is a dark, timber-clad volume and the other is a transparent glass volume.
This structure is situated in Jutland, Denmark and serves as the new headquarters for the Danish Hunter Association. Unlike the other designs we’ve looked at so far, this one incorporates a gable roof which extends outward, forming two shade canopies on either side of the two long volumes. The structures were designed by Arkitema Architects and house the association’s administration area, lab, education facilities, restaurant as well as a hunting lodge. All of these spaces enjoy a close relationship with their surroundings.
Returning to the modern and minimalist version of the classic gable roof style, we’ll have a look at a lovely mountain cabin designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter for a family of five. The cabin is situated above the village called Ål in Norway. Its design is meant to reflect the desire to integrate into nature by mimicking the surroundings. The pitch of the gable roof helps in that direction, being visually similar to the peaks of the mountains that surround it.
The VH6 House is another example of an atypical gable roof structure, one of the reasons for that being the fact that it’s an urban home. The team at Idee architects were in charge of designing a modern family home which could take advantage of the view of the meadow, that would be private, safe and secure and that would have good natural ventilation and sunlight distribution. Based on these requirements, the architects came up with a design that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces and that takes advantage of the gable roof in order to look and feel cozy but also to blend in.
The Hunter’s Hall from Duved, in Sweden is a structure which serves as a gathering space for dinners and parties for hunters. The hall was designed by Bergersen Arkitekter AS and has a space where game is prepped and cooked and the fact that it looks like a large, updated barn makes it feel very cozy, especially considering the fact that the interior design has a bit of rustic flair. The gable roof seamlessly transitions into walls, framing the glazed facade.
The region called Egg, in Austria is home to a quirky house sandwiched between two trees. The site is sloped and that caused the entrance to the house to be situated on the first floor. The building looks as if it’s comfortably resting on the slope, following its curvature and embracing the views and the surroundings through a design that’s directed upward. The house is tall and designed to fit on the small plot between the two trees and the pitch of the roof makes it look even taller. The design was the work of Innauer-Matt Architekten.
In 2010 Cadaval & Solà-Morales completed one of their most spectacular transformations. We’re talking about a residence located in Santa Comba, Spain which was designed starting from an existing structure made out of dry stone. The house was compact, has small openings and dark interior spaces and its design didn’t really take advantage of the wonderful location which allowed it views toward two different valleys. To remedy that, the architects worked on transforming the upper part of the house into an open and bright space with expansive views and a cozy ambiance ensured by the asymmetrical gable roof which reaches all the way down to the ground on one side.
The Mirror House introduces a whole new way of making the most of the gable roof design. This is a playground pavilion situated in Copenhagen. It was designed by MLRP and it engages the visitors in all sorts of cool ways. Funhouse mirrors are mounted on the gabled ends of the structure and they reflect the surroundings in a fun and distorted way, making even the exterior walls of the pavilion an attraction.
The structure you see here is one of the six detached houses that are part of a development project called The MiniCO2 Houses. Each of them illustrates various aspects regarding CO2 emissions with a focus on how to reduce them but also elements related to the overall maintenance of a house. This particular structure features an elongated form with a perpendicular entrance and a 40-degree pitched roof. the gabled ends incorporate small decks. The project was developed by Arkitema Architects.
The pitch of a gable roof can vary greatly as you’ve probably noticed by now. The Anzac Bay House, for instance, is quite unusual in this sense compared to other designs we’ve looked at today. This house was designed by Vaughn McQuarrie and the main idea was to create a large central space surrounded by several smaller spaces. In a way, the house is like its own tiny village. The gable roof gives it a cute look.
It only takes a look to realize that this house is pretty special. Designed by McGarry-Moon Architects, the house is located in Broughshane, United Kingdom and its odd look comes as a response to the desire to balance out the views with a comfortable amount of natural light and a good distribution of spaces. As far as the architecture and design go, the most notable detail is the fact that the gable roof, one of the side walls and the floor of the cantilevered upper section form a fluid shell with glass on one side.
A lot of times it’s the location and the topography of the site the ons that determine the design direction of a house. In this case, for example, the house sits on the side of a rolling hill. It opens up to the bay on one side and is buried into the hill on the other. High gables extend towards the street creating a. covered patio and a parking deck for cars. The back of the property is where the design becomes more dramatic and imposing. This project was completed by architect James Russell.
Standing high like a tower and with a pitched roof like an arrow, this house in Rotterdam offers sweeping views of the meadow which surrounds it and from a distance it looks old and outdated but as you get closer you start to realize this is actually a sleek, contemporary structure with lots of character. The gable looks like a natural continuation of the exterior walls, giving the structure a smooth and minimalist appearance. This was a project by Personal Architecture.