Two Hulls by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

July 31st, 2014 - Posted in Architecture

Called as “landscapeviewing instrument”, this contemporary house created by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects. Clad with 8-inchwide boards of cedar, the landside ends of the two pavilions. Interior spaces, such as the entry foyer and kitchen, are lined with wood and crafted as if they are pieces of furniture. A ramp also leads to the lower-level living and service areas.

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Description from MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects:
“The challenge of the custom house remains a fertile research vehicle in the education of an architect. This is a steel frame house, with a wood skin. Its white, steel endoskeleton resists both gravity loads and wind uplift. The 32′ cantilevers and concrete fin foundations invite the sea to pass under without damage. The wooden rain screen consists of 8″ vertical, board-on-batten on the two ‘hulls’, while the linking piece is a monolithic block of weathered wood inside and out, clad in 4″ horizontal shiplap. The lantern ends dematerialise by eliminating the 1″ channel joints. The fenestration of the ‘binocular’ ends is minimalist curtain wall with structural silicone. The side elevations contain storefront glazing. The concrete floors contain a geothermally heated hydronic system. This sculptural, yet calm and mature project contains generous white volumes on the interior, and exhibits the ironic monumentality of boats on the exterior.”

© Greg Richardson

© Greg Richardson

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