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The classic A-frame cabin gets a sleek redesign

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The A-frame cabin has been a mainstay of wilderness getaways since the 1930s. Originally designed by modernist architect Rudolph Schindler for what he called an “all-roof” home in Lake Arrowhead, California, the triangular building form has become a go-to for homes and cabins in woodsy locales.

The simple roofs-that-are-also-walls structure rises like a tree in the woods, and its no-nonsense construction means it’s resilient in the whiteouts of a snow dump while also being spacious enough to accommodate either a family getaway or a vanful of ski bums.

[Photo: Perkins & Will]But since Schindler’s first A-frame was propped up, not much has changed. Now, a new take on the A-frame cabin is showing how this mountain town classic can perform better year round, while also being much easier to build.

This upgraded A-frame is the core architectural move at the newly renovated Camp Lakota in the Southern California mountain town of Frazier Park. Used year round by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to host wilderness experiences for its troops, the camp has been around for a half a century but was in need of a refresh after a fire destroyed its dining hall.

[Photo: Perkins & Will]The refreshed camp........

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