Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

© Greg Richardson

Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple

Hovering between two granite boulders in a wooded area, the Bridge House is a four-bedrooms family weekend retreat, provides a variety of perspectives for the glaciated landscape in Nova Scotia.

Architects: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple
Location: East Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada
Photographer: Greg Richardson

Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson
Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson

The form of the house is a steel skeleton supported a rustic wood box, which sheathed in vertical cedar boards, creating a pronounced lantern effect in evening. A granny suite has been insert beneath the bridge, as the ‘belly’ of the building located the ravine.

Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson
Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson

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With its generously outdoor living areas (outdoor decks, covered deck, covered balcony bridge and screened porch), the retreat deconstructed to create a wide variety of indoor-outdoor conditions.

Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson
Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson
Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson
Bridge House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
© Greg Richardson

Inspiration from architects:

This is a robust, muscular building in a powerful landscape, which will weather well over time. It is, however, domesticated by a series of incisions which infect it to the specifics of the site, climate, and views.