Collection by Erika Heet

Incredible Rooflines

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Many architects say that the roof is the fifth facade. Here, we prove how true that sentiment is with 7 projects from our archives that allow the roof to be the star attraction.

The roofline, set on top of glass clerestories on a transparent central volume, begat the building’s local nickname:...
Gesner’s house for John Scantlin,1965, highlighting the structure of the single ridge beam, and its lateral rib-like...
White paint now covers the exterior walls of the Cooper Wave house, and the beach has shrunk over the decades since the...
The physical structure is integrated into the natural landscape, with a view of a permaculture vineyard in the...
Two housing models perch lightly in a field, both featuring gently curved, rainwater-catching butterfly roofloines.
The house reaches above the neighboring homes but remains architecturally united; its windows reference those of the...
The winglike dips in the roofline situate and hold the house against the region’s brutal winds.
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