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Two Hulls House in Port Mouton
Port Mouton Home Property, Contemporary Building, Canada – design by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
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 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.
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 touches the land lightly, by sitting on concrete fins, in order to minimally impact the fragile land and flora.
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.
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.
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.
The side elevations contain storefront glazing. The geothermal heating system, with its concrete thermal mass floors, harvests heat from the sun.
This is a carefully crafted, durable building, which responds to its demanding climate in order to achieve a long life.
Photography: Greg Richardson and James Brittain
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