Two Hulls House in Port Mouton

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Two Hulls House in Port Mouton

Port Mouton Home Property, Contemporary Building, Canada – design by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Two Hulls House, Port Mouton

Location: Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Design: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Two Hulls House wins a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture

House design honoured by Canada’s most prestigious architecture prize

Nova Scotia — (May 7, 2018) Two Hulls House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has been awarded a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

Two Hulls House
photo © Greg Richardson

The bi-annual Governor General’s Medal in Architecture is presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) with the objective of recognizing and celebrating outstanding design in built projects by Canadian architects over the past decade.

Two Hulls House
photo © James Brittain

Two Hulls House was one of 12 projects to be honoured with the award, as selected by a distinguished jury of architectural professionals from Canada and abroad. This prestigious medal shines a spotlight on the house as a national architectural treasure.

Two Hulls House
photo © James Brittain

Two Hulls House is situated in Port Mouton, Nova Scotia on a glaciated, coastal landscape with a cool maritime climate. The site’s geological make-up consists of granite bedrock and boulder till, creating pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Two volumes cantilever above the shoreline like two ship’s hulls resting on cradles for the winter, forming protected outdoor spaces both between and underneath them.

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photos © James Brittain

Like a pair of binoculars, Two Hulls House acts as a landscape-viewing instrument, effortlessly framing the environment. This is a permanent home for a family of four, consisting of a day pavilion and a night pavilion. One approaches the understated, abstract public façade, then proceeds through the foyer, turning right to the sleeping pavilion or left into the living pavilion.

Two Hulls House
photo © James Brittain

This recognition follows previous accolades for Two Hulls House. In 2016, the project was presented with an American Institute of Architects (AIA) International Region Honor Award for Open International. In 2012, the project was honoured by Azure Magazine with AZ People’s Choice Design Award, and in 2011, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects received an Architectural Record House Award, a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence, a Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Excellence and a North American Wood Design Citation.

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photos © James Brittain

30 Mar 2017

Two Hulls House

Location: Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Design: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Two Hulls House

Two Hulls House is situated in a glaciated, coastal landscape with a cool maritime climate. The geomorphology of the site consists of granite bedrock and boulder till, creating pristine white sand beaches, and turquoise waters.

Two Hulls House
photograph © Greg Richardson

Two pavilions float above the shoreline like two ship’s hulls up on cradles for the winter, forming protected outdoor spaces both between and under them.

Two Hulls House
photo © Greg Richardson

Like a pair of binoculars, Two Hulls acts as a landscape viewing instrument, effortlessly framing the environment. A concrete seawall on the foreshore protects the house from rogue waves.

Two Hulls House
photo © Greg Richardson

Two Hulls House touches the land lightly, by sitting on concrete fins, in order to minimally impact the fragile land and flora.

Two Hulls House
photo © James Brittain

This is a permanent home for a family of four consisting of a day pavilion and a night pavilion. One approaches the understated, abstract public façade, then through the foyer, then right to the sleeping pavilion, or left into the living pavilion.

Two Hulls House Two Hulls House
photos © James Brittain

Lantern-like outdoor porches delaminate the two main forms on the ocean ends. Inside the great room, there is a floating 24’ totemic hearth, the focal point of this pavilion.

Two Hulls House

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Two Hulls House
photos © Greg Richardson

This is a steel frame house, a bridge truss with a board and batten, cedar skin. The white endoskeleton of Two Hulls House resists both gravity loads and wind uplift. The 32’ cantilevers and concrete fin foundations invite the ocean to pass under without damage to the hulls. The fenestration of the ‘binocular’ ends is minimalist curtain wall glazing with structural silicone.

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Two Hulls House
photos © Greg Richardson

The side elevations contain storefront glazing. The geothermal heating system, with its concrete thermal mass floors, harvests heat from the sun.

Two Hulls House
photo © Greg Richardson

This is a carefully crafted, durable building, which responds to its demanding climate in order to achieve a long life.

Two Hulls House
photo © Greg Richardson

Photography: Greg Richardson and James Brittain

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