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Bridge House in Nova Scotia
Port Medway Home Property, Contemporary Building, Canada – design by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
28 Mar 2017
Location: Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada
Design: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
This four bedroom family retreat bridges between two bedrock outcrops parallel to the sea, thereby framing the approach to the sea under its ‘belly’.
One enters the house at either end from the two rocks. This floating lantern of wood is a man-made object, calling attention by contrast to the undulating natural topography of the glaciated landscape.
The primary form of the house is deconstructed to create a wide variety of indoor-outdoor conditions.
A steel primary skeleton is revealed as the board-and-batten, monolithic, wood envelope delaminates. Two giant scuppers celebrate getting the rain off the roof. A geothermal hydronic heating system is a component of a passive solar approach.
This is a robust, muscular building in a powerful landscape, which will weather well over time. It is, however, domesticated by a series of incisions which infect it to the specifics of the site, climate, and views.
Photography: Greg Richardson
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