Multi-hipped roofs

The shape of the roof depends on many important aspects - constructional conditions, individual investor preferences, as well as financial possibilities. Agnieszka Owocka, architect from the ARCHIPELAG Design Studio, tells us about the characteristics of multi-hipped roofs.

 A single-family house covered with Piemont tile

What are the characteristics of multi-hipped roofs?

Multi-hipped roofs are an attractive architectural element - they emphasize the unique style of the house, sculpt the roof slope, have a representative character. They blend well with both modern and traditional shapes. They can be used both in single-story houses and in houses with functional attics - explains architect Agnieszka Owocka from the ARCHIPELAG Design Studio.


What should be checked beforehand? Before deciding on a sculpted roof, the condition of the building needs to be checked thoroughly, as it may happen that, despite our wishes, the given plot has building permits only for construction of a gabled roof. At the design selection stage, we should also consider whether we want a functional attic or not. In case of multi-hipped roofs, small sloping angles make the attic quite useless, this can be changed by increasing the angle of the roof slope - it is worth remembering that - says architect Agnieszka Owocka.

Arch. Agnieszka Owocka

Pracownia Projektowa Archipelag

Advantages and disadvantages of roofing roofs


• Multi-hipped roofs enhance the aesthetic qualities of a building, they are visually appealing,

• Multi-hipped roofs allow to cover the sculpted body of a building with a relatively small roof.


• Multi-hipped roofs are more expensive to construct, as they require more work,

• Multi-hipped roofs make attics useless, due to the small angle of inclination of the roof