Page 64 – Allandale House

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View through to Living Room

There is something truly beautiful about this ‘simple’ A-frame house designed for an eclectic collector and her family. Amongst other oddities are wines, rare books, stuffed birds and of course… the obligatory elk head… you simply aren’t fashionable unless you have one these days!

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Living Room Detail

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Living Room & Feature Bookcase

“The house links three …. asymmetrical A-frames. The skinny A-frame on the western side contains the library, wine cellar and garage. The wide A-frame in the center of the house is dedicated to two floors of bedrooms and bathrooms. The medium A-frame on the eastern side consists of living, kitchen and dining areas. The house aims to undermine the seeming limitations of a triangular section by augmenting and revealing the extreme proportion in the vertical direction, and utilizing the acutely angled corners meeting the floor as moments for thickened walls, telescopic apertures and built-in storage.” William O’Brien Jr 

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Part of the Stair Detail

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Dining Room

Cleverly, the space that might be lost to the corners of the A-frames, has been converted into storage or ‘visual’ nooks. For example, the bookcase here reclaims some of the space lost at reduced head height levels and converts it to usable storage. Other reduced height areas may provide an opportunity to display a piece of art, thus revealing also the depth of the space beyond.

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Front Facade

Only the middle A-frame is wide enough to accommodate a second storey. This is where bedrooms and an additional bathroom have been incorporated.

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Rear Exterior View

I really love how the height of these A-frames give such a large sense of volume and light. It would be wonderful to sit in that living room and have such an expanse of the forrest open up before you. So tranquil and serene.

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Exterior Window Detail

Clever use of windows to bring light into the centre of the building (and bedrooms).

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Exterior Elevation

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Plan

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Models

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Short Sections

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Long Section

Allandale House, Mountain West 2009 – 2010

More info at www.wojr.org

Project Team: Bhujon Kang

Visualization by Peter Guthrie.

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