NB20º5 / YH2 Architecture

© Courtesy of YH2 Architecture

Architects: YH2 Architecture
Location: Grande Anse, Nouveau Brunswick,
Project Team: Benoit Boivin, Marie-claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis
Owner and builder: Jocelyn Jean
Project Area: maison: 1000 pi.ca. /atelier d’artiste: 1000 pi.ca.
Project Year: 2005/2007
Photographs: Courtesy of YH2 Architecture

With simple, spare lines inspired by the vernacular architecture of the Maritimes, the structure is composed of two wings made of sheet metal and , built directly on the ground in the centre of a natural clearing.

Instead of meeting at a traditional 90° angle, the two blocks comprising the building have been set an additional 20°5 further apart, opening the house towards the clearing, the afternoon sun and the breeze off Chaleur Bay.

ground floor plan

The first block is the house itself, an open area under a peaked roof for the living room, dining room and bedroom.

The second block, similar to the first, is the all-white painting studio, bathed in light and open to nature through large glass doors.

© Courtesy of YH2 Architecture

The space joining the blocks features a large deck made of larch, while inside the two wings meet in the kitchen, a transitional space that can be either inside or outside, thanks to the two large glass garage doors installed on either side.

© Courtesy of YH2 Architecture

A nature retreat, open to the great outdoors when the occupants are in residence, NB20°5 can be closed up like a box during their absence, thanks to the cedar shutters and sliding barn doors that cover all the openings. The house/studio then goes into hibernation mode, just like animals, thereby keeping energy costs to a minimum. To prevent any moisture build-up when the house is not being heated, the interior is constructed entirely of locally sourced, mould-resistant materials: wood (no plaster or drywall) and concrete.

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Cite: "NB20º5 / YH2 Architecture" 12 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=55704>
  • the uninformed observer

    Details and solutions are so good. 10 best of the year so far for me. Thanks!

  • Mark

    I agree that it’s nicely detailed, but be careful grabbing a glass of water in the middle of the night!

  • http://twitter.com/nicholaspatten/status/12078178418 Nicholas Patten

    I Like: NB20º5. http://bit.ly/bKWDm4

  • hardav

    Excellent site – great design.
    Not too innovative but beautifully crafted.
    Lucky owner!