Sliding House

Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Location
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Imagined as a jewel box on a hill, Sliding House takes the place of a barn that once stood on this Nova Scotia site. Its form follows the slope of the land, while the windows are parallel with the horizon, setting up a tension between a plumb interior and a slanted exterior. The tilt of the structure isn’t just a visual trick—it also helps the roof to drain. When the distinctive windows are lit from within, the house serves as a beacon for local sailors.

    Modern home with side yard, exterior, slope, field, metal siding material, and house. Imagined as a jewel box on a hill, Sliding House takes the place of a barn that once stood on this Nova Scotia site. Its form follows the slope of the land, while the windows are parallel with the horizon, setting up a tension between a plumb interior and a slanted exterior. The tilt of the structure isn’t just a visual trick—it also helps the roof to drain. When the distinctive windows are lit from within, the house serves as a beacon for local sailors. Photo  of Sliding House

    Imagined as a jewel box on a hill, Sliding House takes the place of a barn that once stood on this Nova Scotia site. Its form follows the slope of the land, while the windows are parallel with the horizon, setting up a tension between a plumb interior and a slanted exterior. The tilt of the structure isn’t just a visual trick—it also helps the roof to drain. When the distinctive windows are lit from within, the house serves as a beacon for local sailors.

    The interior of locally milled poplar contrasts with the home’s metal exterior. Thanks to the six-degree pitch of the site, the dining area leads directly to the yard, while the living room ends with a balcony that’s high above the ground. Photo 2 of Sliding House modern home

    The interior of locally milled poplar contrasts with the home’s metal exterior. Thanks to the six-degree pitch of the site, the dining area leads directly to the yard, while the living room ends with a balcony that’s high above the ground.

    Modern home with dining room, table, chair, and light hardwood floor. At the IKEA dining table, David Peters and his son, Dashel, enjoy a meal from a Paderno stainless-steel pot made on Prince Edward Island. Photo 3 of Sliding House

    At the IKEA dining table, David Peters and his son, Dashel, enjoy a meal from a Paderno stainless-steel pot made on Prince Edward Island.

    Modern home with kitchen, drop in sink, wood counter, wood cabinet, cooktops, and wall oven. The focal point of the home is the long Alumicor window that reveals the slope of the site. Photo 4 of Sliding House

    The focal point of the home is the long Alumicor window that reveals the slope of the site.

    Over time, the salt air will soften the appearance of the exterior’s Galvalume cladding. Photo 5 of Sliding House modern home

    Over time, the salt air will soften the appearance of the exterior’s Galvalume cladding.

    Stairwells and service areas utilize knotted planks. “It’s akin to stepping offstage into the wings,” resident Rhonda Rubinstein says of the transition. Photo 6 of Sliding House modern home

    Stairwells and service areas utilize knotted planks. “It’s akin to stepping offstage into the wings,” resident Rhonda Rubinstein says of the transition.

    Modern home with living room, floor lighting, and ceiling lighting. “At Sliding House, the outside world is more present,” says Rhonda, “always visible through the sliver of window that runs across the length of the house and down to the ground.” The living area’s Carter leather sectional is by Gus Modern, and the boat carving is by local folk artist Bradford Naugler. The family sought to source Canadian furnishings and materials as much as possible. Photo 7 of Sliding House

    “At Sliding House, the outside world is more present,” says Rhonda, “always visible through the sliver of window that runs across the length of the house and down to the ground.” The living area’s Carter leather sectional is by Gus Modern, and the boat carving is by local folk artist Bradford Naugler. The family sought to source Canadian furnishings and materials as much as possible.

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    Modern home with bedroom, light hardwood floor, and bed. The custom bed features under-mattress drawers. Photo 9 of Sliding House

    The custom bed features under-mattress drawers.

    Modern home with bath room and ceramic tile wall. The tile-clad bathroom offers one of the home’s only breaks in material, with a wall-mounted Swing 85 ceramic sink by Artceram Photo 10 of Sliding House

    The tile-clad bathroom offers one of the home’s only breaks in material, with a wall-mounted Swing 85 ceramic sink by Artceram

    Modern home with office and medium hardwood floor. The poplar desk at the end of the master bedroom loft looks down on the living areas beneath the slanted, wood-clad ceiling. The compact interior of the house was inspired by ship-building techniques, with built-in furniture and storage throughout. Photo 11 of Sliding House

    The poplar desk at the end of the master bedroom loft looks down on the living areas beneath the slanted, wood-clad ceiling. The compact interior of the house was inspired by ship-building techniques, with built-in furniture and storage throughout.

    Photo 12 of Sliding House modern home