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Black Point Residence in Halifax

8 Apr 2021

Black Point Residence, Nova Scotia

Design: Peter Braithwaite Studio

Location: Black Point, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

This expansive Black Point Residence was designed for a retired couple looking for a summer home where their extended family could all gather and spend time together. Located in the harsh climate of the Northumberland Strait in Black Point, Nova Scotia, the architectural design pushes the limit of maritime vernacular seaside fishing and boat sheds.

Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia

The building’s form is comprised of three geometric volumes which relate to programmatic function. One gable structure is dedicated to shared living spaces, and the second to sleeping and bathing. This organization can also be read as the dichotomy of prospect and refuge. The third volume is the program’s circulation, it skewers the two structures, creating indoor and outdoor connections between them. To orient the volumes, the forms are rotated at the intersection of their axis’s to optimize their views and sun exposure.

Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia

The building’s interior puts its structure on display with exposed steel portal frames and rough-sawn rafter. The interior materiality accentuates the building’s volumetric and programmatic organization by finishing the interior of the skewer with white-washed wood paneling, similar to how the skewer is uniquely clad with Corten steel paneling on the exterior.

Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia

To accommodate large family gatherings, the program includes an extra-large kitchen and dining table, a variety of seating areas, and multiple spaces dedicated to their grandchildren. At the culmination of the circulation axis, a fireplace anchors the building’s social activity within a dramatic cantilever. Furthering this concept, an outdoor fireplace acts as a secondary social anchor. The site’s landscaping is graded to create expansive walk-outs for the basement and main floor, creating secondary outdoor entertainment spaces and connecting the interior and exterior programs.

Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia

What was the brief?
Create an easily accessible space for all members of this large family, utilizing the surrounding landscape and focusing on the views. We wanted to fit the house into the landscape rather than disturb the landscape of the coast to fit the house.

Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia

Design: Peter Braithwaite Studio

Black Point Residence Halifax Nova Scotia

Images: Yurii Suhov

Black Point Residence, Halifax Nova Scotia images / information received 080421 from Peter Braithwaite Studio

Location: Black Point, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, North America

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