Having previously lived in the hurricane-prone tropics, the couple who tapped Canadian practice Omar Gandhi Architect for their new home in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, didn’t only want a house weatherproofed against the region’s harsh coastal climate—the residence had to also evoke strong feelings of safety and protection.
In response, the architects crafted a fortress-inspired dwelling that rises like a dark rock outcropping in the open grassy landscape, providing a striking contrast to Nova Scotia’s traditional stick-built homes.
"Leaning forward with a canted back shell inspired by local gambrel-rooved barns, the residence braces itself for the unpredictable Nova Scotian weather," explain the architects, who have cladded the building in extra-dark bronze standing-seam metal, concrete panels, and black-painted timber.
A strong connection with nature was also a high priority, a fact made clear in the client’s choice of a property located at the highest point of the crescent-shaped beach.
Fronted with continuous bands of glass across the north facade, the unique home—named Treow Brycg, which translates to "tree bridge"—takes full advantage of its panoramic beach and ocean views.
Spanning two floors, the two-bedroom residence allocates the primary living and sleeping areas to the upper floor, where the best views of the sea are enjoyed. The spacious master bedroom ensuite is located on the east side of this main floor and connects to the centrally located kitchen, dining area and living room. From there, a bridge leads to the west end of the home where an exterior deck and studio "getaway" space are also situated.
The ground floor houses a guest bedroom, garage, utility and storage rooms, as well as a covered terrace linked to a plunge pool.
Although the village of Kingsburg is most popularly visited as a summer destination, the clients wanted the home to offer comfort and connection with the outdoors year-round. Consequently, the architects carved out a series interstitial and covered areas that could be enjoyed even in times of inclement weather.
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