From Sweden to New Zealand, California to Victoria, we’re exploring some of our favourite gabled roof homes on

A gabled roof evokes a rural charm reminiscent of centuries-old European farmhouses, recognised by their distinct symmetrical form and intersecting sloped roof sections. Once only reserved for arctic and cool-climate countries, gabled roof homes are having a major resurgence in homes worldwide. We’re turning our attention to six of the best gabled roof homes on est that honour their void through vaulted ceilings, skylights or linear timber cladding,

O.P. Residence by Bruns Architecture and Lindsay Pauly

Situated in a family compound of five neighbouring properties, Bruns Architecture and interior designer Lindsay Pauly designed two connecting A-frame structures for a young family’s retreat overlooking Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin. With the design objective of maximising connection to the outdoors, the unique home features two gabled roof buildings held by a single-storey structure, separating the entertaining space from the private bedroom wing. The home’s facade is clad in black tiles recycled from rubber tires, juxtaposed by a large plastered chimney.

Reclaimed timber beams run along the pitched ceiling inside the home, adding depth to each space. A consistent monochrome colour palette with timber details allows the lakefront view to take focus, making for a functional family retreat that celebrates its picturesque surroundings.

Archipelago House by Norm Architects

On the rocky terrain of Sweden’s Archipelago, Copenhagen-based design practice Norm Architects lifted cues from nature in their timber-clad summer home. Archipelago House comprises four wooden volumes with a gabled roof that interlock and are connected by a terraced wooden deck, catering to the sloping site. Inside, five different levels linked by internal steps and stairs unfold to reveal a series of tailored spaces that reflect the surrounding environment.

Moss-covered rocks characteristic of the Archipelago are subtly referenced in the dark Vipp Kitchen and moody dining space, where the dining room pendant reflects the triangular form of the building.

Barwon Heads House by Adam Kane Architects

Nicknamed ‘The Dump’ by residents of the coastal town, Melbourne firm Adam Kane Architects have given this 1800s weatherboard cottage a new lease of life through a deep inky palette and barn-style extension, breaking free from the stereotype of traditional Australian coastal homes. The new gabled roof extension is barely visible from the home’s bold double-fronted facade, where period features like the verandah and window frames have been carefully restored and painted black.

Inside, the architects deliberately played on the sense of space within the large volume, using compression and release when moving through different parts of the home. American Oak lines the 6.5 metre-high raked ceiling in the living, kitchen and dining room, complementing the hand-scratched polished plaster walls. 

Adam Kane Architects’ Barwon Heads House embodies a refreshing take on beachside living through pared-back design principles and a meticulous balance of light and dark.

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The Malawi Rug by Armadillo and Tigmi Trading Kangaroo Chairs in Barwon Heads House by Adam Kane Architects

Banks Peninsula House by Lume Design

Located 90 minutes from the Christchurch city centre, this gabled roof family holiday home by local studio Lume Design instils a sense of calm, set among the rolling hills of Banks Peninsula. Built on the foot of a hill, the home’s exterior sets the tone of the interiors to follow; clean, contemporary and unpretentious – crucial aspects in a home designed for family holidays.

A cathedral ceiling and exposed ceiling beams offset the contemporary black steel-framed doors in the living room of the home. Also in this vaulted space, a built-in bench seat offers a place to pause and take in the view, while a traditional wood stove captures the cosy nature of the home – perfect for the New Zealand winter.

Shagwong Residence by Adam Jordan Architecture

Shagwong Residence by Adam Jordan Architecture sits comfortably in its coastal locale in East Hampton, New York and explores a moody palette in contrast to its beach surroundings. Designed for a client who specifically requested a dark home, Adam Jordan Architecture set out to connect the new building to similar barns in the area through a robust and dramatic lens – and a defining characteristic, a gabled roof.

The black-clad home echoes this design narrative inside, with each space evoking a sense of mystery through charred timber wall cladding, zinc metal and exposed concrete. The pitched ceiling runs along the perimeter of the home, while a central and private courtyard allows for a seamless transition for indoor and outdoor living.

Twin Gables House by Ryan Leidner Architecture

Twin Gables House by Ryan Leidner Architecture sees the grand restoration of an original Mid-Century Joseph Eichler home, stripped back to its 1960s foundations through a minimal palette, functional sense of flow and plenty of natural light.

The home’s defining feature is the prominent gabled roof that frames the central courtyard, remaining true to the Mid-Century style. Almost every room opens up to the lush landscape, bringing colour to the pared-down palette throughout the home. Exposed ceiling beams painted white contribute to the overarching light and spacious feel while subtly referencing the building’s past life.

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