Long live the A-frame house!

Canadian architect Jean Verville draws out the strengths of a 1960s vacation home.

In remodeling a vacation home Montreal-based architect Jean Verville has applied himself to reviving the A-frame house. This building style with steeply angled sides and a roofline running right down to ground level, and which was used in both East and West for country cottages and weekend cabins was especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s. Indeed, the house overlooking a lake in rural Quebec that the architect has made over as a second home for a family also stems from this era. The architect completely gutted the building and thanks to an ingenious reorganization of the interior produced the appearance of a spacious occasional home on just 68 square meters. He achieved this by precisely analyzing the occupants’ needs and radically forgoing anything superfluous. The result was a holiday home whose efficient basic structure is also reflected in the composition of its interior space. (fap)