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De Vries House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

  • 17:00 - 20 February, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
De Vries House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
De Vries House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, © William Green
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Text description provided by the architects. This is a house for a retired writer returning to Canada from the United States with a fantastic book collection. The scheme creates an experience of living amongst his books.

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© William Green
Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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© William Green

This long, galvalume-clad wedge house is sited on a cliff on Nova Scotia’s south-western Atlantic Coast. It both fits into and takes possession of the landscape. The plan addresses the human need for prospect and refuge, by contrasting a mute, protective, north service wall facing the woods, with a glazed south wall facing the sea. Large ‘bites’ are subtracted from the monolithic form to create a covered entrance and a covered terrace.

© William Green
© William Green

The main interior feature is a long, sky-lit slot, which acts as an orientation device to connect the entry, master suite, great room, and generous second floor library. The library contains a giant south facing window that opens over the sea and a bed box for guests. One passes through the library’s shelf walls into the master bedroom, further reinforcing the feeling of refuge, after leaving the ‘prospect’ of the library.

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© William Green

The exterior bites are finished in white, channel-joint wood boards. This softens the transition between the silver envelope and the completely white interior, which invites the bold Atlantic Ocean in.

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Cite: "De Vries House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects" 20 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/911647/de-vries-house-mackay-lyons-sweetapple-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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