Two wood-clad cantilevered appendages stretch out over rocky cliffs to take in views of the ocean in this Nova Scotia residence inspired by ships. Reminiscent of sea vessels put up on cradles for the winter, the twin telescopic pavilions not only extend the home closer to the ocean, but create protected outdoor spaces between and beneath them.
Two Hulls House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is a full-time home for a family of four with timber skins that extend out over the glazed ends of each section to provide covered porches. The architects envisioned the illuminated ends of these two appendages glowing like lanterns to anyone who might see them from the sea or shore.
One of these volumes is the ‘day pavilion,’ holding the living spaces, while the opposite is the ‘night pavilion,’ containing the bedrooms. The third section of the home, containing the entry foyer and kitchen, runs perpendicular to the others, providing a view down the coastline. The home is elevated on a concrete seawall to protect it from rough seas.
The interiors are bright and open, full of the same pale timber cladding as the exterior, which covers the ceilings and also makes up large sliding doors that open or close off various parts of the home as desired.