mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
 
mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
nov 04, 2013

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
all images courtesy of mackay-lyons sweetapple

 

 

 

 

canadian firm mackay-lyons sweetapple architects has shared with us images of their ‘cliff house’ on the atlantic coast of nova scotia. a modest timber box projects off from a bedrock cliff, giving the illusion of floating over the ocean – the first of several projects to be constructed on the 455 acre property meant to illustrate the concept of ‘dwelling in a landscape’. the 960 ft2 affordable cabin provides its owners with a simple, peaceful retreat on the seaside. a galvanized steel frame skeleton provides the unimposing structural support, clad in natural wooden planks. the main level contains an open plan social area, kitchen and service core while a second story loft provides unobstructed views from the bed over the sea-scape. the timber secondary structure is entirely expressed on the interior of the project. carefully placed joists support diagonal planks with such craft that interior cladding is not necessary.

 

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
the cabin is cantilevered over the rocky terrain

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
the dwelling is clad in wood so that it blends into its natural environment

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
up close of the supporting steel skeleton frame

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
entrance

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
living room

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff
view from the loft

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

mackay-lyons sweetapple create affordable beauty on a cliff

 

 

  • mackenzie collins – In my humble opinion, both the timber framing and the diagonal paneling offer sufficient bracing against wind. You’ll also notice that the walls feature two distinct sheets of paneling going in different directions, thus reinforcing the structure.
    You have great examples of such systems on p.134 of the Timber Construction Manual by Thomas Herzog and Michael Volz (ISBN-13: 9783764370251).
    I actually have my own concerns regarding the thermal efficiency of the building, is there enough Insulating material for a Nova Scotian beach house ? And is a flat roof an intelligent bet given the likely snow and rain the region gets ?

    Romain M.
  • excellent!

    bilbaggins
  • ..”the dwelling is clad in wood so that it blends into its natural environment” .. written by some PR firm. No BOX blends into nature – unless it is buried.

    Jim

    JimCan
  • superb

    dbkii
  • “The dwelling is clad in wood so that it blends into its natural environment.” LOL. Don’t get me wrong. I think this place is beyond cool, but, blending in? Please.

    RelayerM31
  • no dwangs (noggins) on roof joists, no cross-bracing on long axis?
    Sell it quick ……

    mackenzie collins

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