The simplest drawing can conjure a home. For instance, a child asked to draw a house will place a triangle on top of a square or rectangle. Unknowingly, he or she has depicted one of the most traditional home designs, the gabled house.
In fact, the gable—that is, the triangular shape at each end of a pitched roof—is considered by architects to be an Ur-building, one of the earliest original forms homes took. Once anathema to modern architecture, in recent years the gable has made a comeback, with designers embracing the once ersatz detail.
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