We’ve built you a better ArchDaily. Learn more and let us know what you think. Send us your feedback »

Martin-Lancaster House / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

  • Architects: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
  • Location: Prospect, NS, Canada
  • Architects: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
  • Area: 3000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Greg Richardson

© Greg Richardson © Greg Richardson © Greg Richardson © Greg Richardson

From the architect. The Martin-Lancaster house is a 3000 square foot courtyard house, situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. It consists of four primary components: (1) a gabled garage/guest house, (2) a gabled social pavilion, (3) a north-facing service bar, and (4) an arrival court between.

© Greg Richardson
© Greg Richardson

The arrival sequence is a procession toward the sea; past the protective garage, down into the protected courtyard, along a bench, into the foyer, then into the double-height living pavilion, and onto a terrace above the sea. The south-facing social pavilion is anchored by a totemic concrete hearth.

© Greg Richardson
© Greg Richardson

This is an abstract, highly restrained project which is an essay on the local material culture traditions of the place. The monolithic zero-detailed, local, cedar-shingled walls and roofs respond well to the frequent wet/dry, freeze/thaw cycles of the labile marine climate. Clean curtain wall glazing allows the landscape to flow through the house. A heavy timber structure in the living pavilion signifies its social function.

© Greg Richardson
© Greg Richardson

The passive solar building strategy is extended to the interior through the use of an in-floor, hydronic radiation system.

© Greg Richardson
© Greg Richardson
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:"Martin-Lancaster House / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects" 18 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/128577/martin-lancaster-house-mackay-lyons-sweetapple-architects/>