Bridge House
Greg Richardson

Bridge House

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects as 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 one of the two rocks. This floating lantern of wood is a man-made object, made to contrast with and thus highlight 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 through the gaps in the board-and-batten monolithic wood envelope. Two giant scuppers make a virtue of roof drainage. A geothermal hydronic  heating system forms part of the house’s passive solar approach. This is a robust, muscular  building in a powerful landscape that will weather well over time. It is, however, domesticated by a series of incisions  that interact with the specifics  of the site, climate, and views.

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