canadian architect omar gandhi has built a fortress-like residence on the south shore of nova scotia, canada. sited in the wild landscape of kingsburg beach, the dark-silhouetted property emerges above the terrain’s tall grasses and through the thick fog common to the area. although the home presents a rugged and robust appearance, its interior spaces have been designed to maximize seaside views, while maintaining a high level of privacy from neighbors and passersby.

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all images by ema peter

 

 

in designing the house, titled ‘treow brycg’, omar gandhi referenced nova scotia’s gambrel-rooved barns — structures capable of withstanding the region’s unpredictable weather. residents enter through an interstitial space protected by a heavy steel canted wall. the lower level includes a garage and the guest wing, which flank the internal breezeway and a steel staircase clad in walnut and black steel. on the floor above, the living space, which is organized around a linear fireplace, offers sweeping coastal views.

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residents enter through an interstitial space

 

 

an elevated outdoor space ensures privacy, while protecting occupants from the summer sun with a wood brise soleil. the deck cantilevers out from the house, projecting towards the beach below. the deep-set windows, together with the brise soleil, help to control solar gain, while the canted wall and slatted screen enclose a plunge pool and fireplace with views towards the water.

omar gandhi treow brycg
the lower level includes a garage and the guest wing

omar gandhi treow brycg
the living space offers sweeping coastal views

omar gandhi treow brycg
the deep-set windows and the brise soleil help to control solar gain

omar gandhi treow brycg
the outdoordeck cantilevers out from the house, projecting towards the beach below

omar gandhi treow brycg
the canted wall encloses a fireplace with views towards the water

omar gandhi treow brycg
the dark-silhouetted property emerges through the thick fog common to the area

omar gandhi treow brycg
the mysterious entrance offers slight glimpses of the building’s interior

omar gandhi treow brycg
the heavy, dark shell is clad in extra-dark bronze, aluminum standing seam

omar gandhi treow brycg
heavy, black steel frames repeat from end to end of the structure

 

 

project info:

 

name: treow brycg
location: kingsburg, nova scotia
, canada
status: completed summer 2018

design: omar gandhi, jeff shaw, karl gruenewald
contractor: MRB contracting

structural: andrea doncaster engineering

physical model: chad jamieson

rendering: ryan nelson

photography: ema peter

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