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Sliding House, Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia

Sliding House, Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia

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Sliding House, Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Halifax, Nova Scotia

With its nearly irreducible geometry and minimal palette of materials—a corrugated metal exterior with a poplar “liner”—Sliding House embodies a simplicity that, in the words of architect Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA, “approaches the idea of zero.” The jury found both the formula and the result compelling. “It has an incredibly effective parti,” said one panel member, who called MacKay-Lyons’s approach “a study in reduction.”

The main-level floor plan consists of a linear living-and-dining room bracketed by covered porches. A kitchen, fireplace recess, powder room, and twin stairways (up to a sleeping loft and down to a lower-level bedroom) fill the thickened north wall. At the south wall, a band of windows takes in a broad sweep of Atlantic horizon. A move the judges termed “that little tweak”—end walls that are square to the roof’s slope rather than plumb—“makes the building dynamic, but still keeps it very simple and direct.”

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Product Credits

Principal in charge: Brian MacKay-Lyons, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Halifax, Nova Scotia
General contractor: Gary Kilgour, G.R. Kilgour Construction, Chester, Nova Scotia
Structural engineer: Michael Comeau, Campbell Comeau Engineering, Halifax
Project size: 1,700 square feet
Site size: 3 acres
Construction cost: Withheld
Photography: Greg Richardson


Product Details

Bathroom fittings: Aquabrass aquabrass.com
Bathroom fixtures: Catalano catalanousa.com; Toto USA totousa.com
Cooktop: Whirlpool whirlpool.com
Dishwasher: Bosch bosch.us
Doors: Alumicor alumicor.com
Exterior siding: Galvalume galvalume.com
Hardware: Blum blum.com; Hafele hafele.com/us
Kitchen fittings: Aquabrass aquabrass.com
Kitchen fixtures: Suter suter.ch
Lighting fixtures: Lightolier lightolier.com; Stonco stonco.com
Oven: Whirlpool whirlpool.com
Refrigerator: Liebherr www.liebherr.us
Skylights and roof windows: Velux veluxusa.com
Windows: Alumicor alumicor.com