Modern Nova Scotia holiday home draws from the local fishing village vernacular

Modern Nova Scotia holiday home draws from the local fishing village vernacular

22 Jan 2020 Materialization

Situated in close proximity to the water on a site that was once a fishing village, Smith House is a vacation home consisting of three Corten steel and stone pavilions. Inspired by the history of the site, the design comes from MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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The clustering of the three pavilions, and their relationship to neighboring buildings, makes reference to the formation of a village or a rural farming complex. Multiple courtyards are framed between the structures resulting in microclimates that catch both the sun and the wind in response to the seasons. 

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Perched on a stone plinth made of granite - a material traditionally used for foundations in the area - the overall form of the buildings echoes the local vernacular. The buildings are however a departure in that their cladding, fenestration and minimalist detailing are thoroughly modern. 

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Inside each pavilion houses a different use. One contains the master bedroom, the second a small studio space, while the largest contains a living room, kitchen and dining area. 

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By drawing on site history, the architects blend the new design in with the land. 'At a time when so much of our world is in flux, this is a project is about timeless archetypes, rather than novelty or fashion,' say the architects. 'It is less about itself than it is about the landscape cultivated around it. '

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