Sluice Point is located on the southern tip of Nova Scotia within the Argyle Municipality of Yarmouth County. The site is located on a forested high point, adjacent to long, low-lying views of marshland, small islands, and the waters of the Tusket River off the Gulf of Maine. The coastline is scattered with very few small, traditional cottages and homes, far from overdeveloped with new buildings. From the initial site visit, it was clear that any proposed building would need to be respectful. The form of the building would be low, long and horizontal and the material palette would be composed of natural, local materials which would blend into the landscape. Formally, the building is inspired by the infamous Acadian salt water haystacks, “une barge”, which dot the local landscape. Historically, the haystacks allowed for storing hay on the open marshes on structures which kept it elevated and protected from the water when the marshes flooded. The semicircular design of the residence places the living areas along the ‘views’ side while weighing the services to the back of the floor plan. The structure is composed of flanking bedroom wings and a central indoor/outdoor great room space which is clad entirely in local clear spruce and birch millwork. The monolithic look has a feeling of the space being carved from the wood exterior form. The materiality, form, and siting are all intrinsically connected to the local condition. The economical shed roof is inspired by local fishing sheds and shanties spread along the NovaScotia coastline – gently morphed. The roof framing spans the exterior walls, making for the most economical and efficient roof form possible. Both wall and roof are clad in the same eastern white cedar, locally sourced, creating a full wood shingle shell.