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Rockbound House in Nova Scotia

21 February 2024

Design: Omar Gandhi Architects

Location: Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Nova Scotia

Photos: Ema Peter Photography

Rockbound House, Canada

Omar Gandhi Architects introduce Rockbound, a house that emerges from rocky terrain mirroring the contours of its Atlantic coastline.

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Canada

The clients for Rockbound had a unique vision – a refuge from their busy lives, a shelter from the outside world, and yet intimately connected to the ever-changing beauty of the bay. Perched atop a rocky shoreline, this stunning architectural wonder was crafted to embrace the pristine views of islands and the vast Atlantic Ocean, while protecting against the challenging winds and storms that sweep through the bay.

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Canada

Resilient Design Embracing Changing Weather Patterns
Rockbound exemplifies a forward-thinking approach to building design, where durability and adaptability to changing weather patterns are paramount considerations. The architects chose materials with naturally weathering characteristics, allowing the building to age gracefully and to tell the story of its place in the landscape. The structure emerges from the rocky terrain, mirroring the coastline’s contours, and its primary living spaces run parallel to the water, offering breathtaking panoramic views along the coast and across the bay to the iconic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Nova Scotia

Innovative Engineering Concealed Within Elegance
Beyond its visually striking exterior, the true innovation of Rockbound lies in the unseen engineering. During construction, the discovery of a seam in the bedrock threatened to derail the entire project. However, through ingenious collaboration between the structural engineer and the project architect, a system of micro-piles was strategically located to redistribute loads, ensuring the building’s stability and structural integrity. The steel and wood frame was meticulously designed to resist hurricane-force winds, all the while maintaining a sense of delicateness and grace.

Rockbound House Nova Scotia

A Harmonious Dance of Interior and Exterior
Approaching the building from the public side, a sense of privacy and shelter welcomes visitors. The front door, carefully positioned within the foyer, tantalizes with hints of what lies beyond. Stepping around the corner, the space opens up, revealing breathtaking vistas of the water. Warm tones of tile and millwork create a harmonious counterbalance to the cool greys and blues of the bay, enveloping occupants in a serene and inviting atmosphere.

Rockbound House Nova Scotia

Intimate Connection with the Surrounding Landscape
Large, covered decks at Rockbound blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, drawing the crashing waves and the essence of nature into the living spaces, while offering shelter from the sun and changing weather conditions. The bedroom volume, seemingly hovering above the main living spaces, provides a quiet and private sanctuary that feels entirely immersed in the landscape.

Rockbound House Nova Scotia

A Testament to Collaboration and Vision
Rockbound’s realization was the result of a harmonious collaboration between a strong team of builders and consultants. Each member contributed expertise and material knowledge, pushing the boundaries of design. From steel hoops framing windows for visual interest and climatic control, to hidden garage doors and meticulously coordinated cladding, the team achieved seamless coursing lines that beautifully traced the building’s volumes.

Rockbound House Nova Scotia

A Building Shaped by Client Vision
Central to the success of Rockbound was the strong collaboration with the clients, whose desires and needs shaped the project’s form and texture. Through innovative thinking and pushing beyond the initial brief, the architects unlocked new potentials and opportunities that resulted in dynamic and exciting spaces. The interplay of light and shadow, the careful consideration of perspectives, and the variety of spaces combine to deliver an exquisite and unique coastal retreat.

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Nova Scotia

Ultimately, Rockbound is an architectural wonder that embodies the harmony between nature and design, showcasing resilient features that adapt to changing weather patterns.

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Nova Scotia

Rockbound House in Nova Scotia, Canada – Building Information

Design: Omar Gandhi Architects –
4,100 Square Feet (380 sq. m.)
3 Bedrooms, 3 1⁄2 Bathrooms
Single Family – New Construction Builders: MRB Contracting
Engineer: Blackwell Structural Engineers

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Canada

About Omar Gandhi Architects (OG)
Omar Gandhi Architects (OG) was founded in 2010, and has design studios in Toronto and Halifax, Canada. The internationally honoured practice has produced a portfolio of architecture and other designed products for projects ranging from homes and innovative urban in-fills to medium and large-scale public works, and historic landscapes.

Gandhi and his highly collaborative OG team create architecture that responds in often remarkable ways to design briefs. A sense of play and the unexpected form key parts of their designs, resulting in each scheme being unique and surprising in form and interiors, and in the way materials are expressed.

Rockbound House Musquodoboit Harbour Nova Scotia

Photographers: Ema Peter Photography

Rockbound House, Nova Scotia images / information received 210224

Location: Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, North America

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