Cumbria Roofing looks at roofs of the hipped pyramid variety
An oblong base hipped pyramid roof by Zern Liew (via Shutterstock).
The hipped pyramid roof could be seen as a four way hipped roof, only that all four hips meet at a central point. Typically, the roof itself is atop a square base and owe a debt to the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Sometimes they form part of a tower roof.
They are most commonly seen in use on pavilions, homes, and wind shelters. They are popular for smaller structures including at one time, telephone boxes. At a shallow pitch, they can top a tower roof. At deeper pitches, they can form part of a church spire. The Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Sompting, Sussex, has a version of a hipped pyramid roof known as a Rhenish Helm roof. The main difference is the rhomboid construction where four gables from their apex spawn the hipped pyramid roof.
On a smaller scale, hipped pyramid roofs can be used as roof lights or be used in combination with a bigger roof.