This home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean was conceived and built as an extension of the landscape: meant to both complement and enhance the view and the nature of the site. Perched on a rocky outcropping buffeted by crashing waves, each pavilion frames a different view: the shipping lanes to Halifax, the historic Sambro Lighthouse and an Allied concrete bunker from WWII.
The entrance to the house is an austere concrete wall to block the view of the ocean, which reveals itself upon entering the home. The unfolding of the view is carefully orchestrated through the different angles of each pavilion. A glass spine connects the six pavilions. The spaces between rooms were left unobstructed to create an open plan and a fluid spatial experience.
The house design also provides pivotal moments of balance; the curved roofs recall various nautical motifs as well as the undulating surface of the rocky cliff. Throughout the house, stone-paved terraces pull the interior to the exterior and cascade to the ocean’s edge via stairs and ledges while mimicking the jagged terrain below. This concrete mass appears to emerge naturally from the gray rock face while the glass walls reference the ocean below.