MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, installés à Halifax, jouissent d'une réputation internationale. Ayant produit une large variété de projets, au Canada et aux alentours, ils réinterprètent de manière contemporaine les codes de l'architecture vernaculaire en puisant leur inspiration dans la richesse du patrimoine local.
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
have an international reputation. Producing a wide range of projects
both in Canada and further afield, they work in a sophisticated modern
vernacular idiom, drawing inspiration from a rich local heritage of
building types and reinterpreting them according to the best practices
of 21st-century architecture.
It is above all for their dignified
and beautiful houses perched on the wild, rocky coasts of Nova Scotia
that the firm is recognized. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this
remarkable body of work is based around a number of plan types that
answer to the particular local climate: open to the sun but sheltered
from the winds, and built using traditional materials that are allowed
to weather, these dwellings embody the architects’ engagement with their
unique surroundings and material culture.
This new monograph
covers MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects’ complete work. Introductions
by renowned architectural writers set the scene, while individual
projects are illustrated through evocative photographs and detailed
plans and drawings. What emerges is a celebration of an architecture
that is both practical and deeply poetic.