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  7. Float House / Omar Gandhi Architect

Float House / Omar Gandhi Architect

  • 09:00 - 20 October, 2015
Float House / Omar Gandhi Architect
Float House / Omar Gandhi Architect, © Omar Gandhi
© Omar Gandhi

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  • Design

    Omar Gandhi, Jeff Shaw (PA)
  • Contractor

    Tamlyn Construction
  • Structural

    Andrea Doncaster Engineering
  • Physical Model

    Devin Harper
  • Diagrams

    Devin Harper, Ozana Gherman
  • Renderings

    Jeff Shaw
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

Text description provided by the architects. Set amidst the unique and dramatic landscape of Halifax’s Purcell’s Cove “backlands”, the residence is inspired by the strewn jagged bedrock field of outcrop, subcrop and bedrock float. ‘Float’ is defined as loose pieces of rock that are not connected to an outcrop.

© Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

The formal massing of the home is one which was derived to evoke a larger bedrock volume (outcrop) but one which has become severed and has relocated slightly over time (subcrop or float).

© Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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© Doublespace Photography

The exterior façade is clad is a grey washed wood cladding with slight variations in pattern, resembling bedrock strata which give further evidence of subcrop movement. The home is backed up by a several metre high large boulder which creates a private zone between the home and the rock.

Float House / Omar Gandhi Architect, © Omar Gandhi
© Omar Gandhi

The home is composed of a central volume for daily living flanked by two sleeping zones, one of which can be shut off when unoccupied. From within the resident looks out at the massive view including several lakes and the ocean beyond.

The project cost per square foot is in the range of $200-225/sq.ft.

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© Doublespace Photography

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Cite: "Float House / Omar Gandhi Architect" 20 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/775531/float-house-omar-gandhi-architect/> ISSN 0719-8884
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