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

Project Credits

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Project Status: Completed Summer 2015
Clients: Undisclosed
Design: Omar Gandhi, Jeff Shaw, Devin Harper, Hayley Johnson
Contractor: Tamlyn Construction
Structural: Andrea Doncaster Engineering
Physical Models: Devin Harper, Jeff Shaw
Renderings: Jeff Shaw

Photography: Doublespace Photography

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