2019 AIA Housing Awards: Mirror Point Cottage by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple

One- and Two-Family Custom Residences

Mirror Point Cottage



PROJECT SIZE: 2,450 Square Feet

Mirror Point Cottage is a vacation home for a local fisherman’s daughter, her Dutch minimalist husband, and their two young children on a lake near Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia. It is formally expressed as an elevated 80-foot-long extruded “fish shed” supported by a steel aedicule and a board-formed concrete entry core.

Fishing is one of Nova Scotia’s oldest industries, demonstrated by the weathered fishing shacks lining its coast. The Mirror Point Cottage demonstrates the frugality of the Nova Scotian vernacular in an elegant manner. The rusted steel aedicule contains a sunken outdoor summer kitchen, which offers a sheltered place at grade for the grandparents to watch their grandchildren playing on the beach. The garage/bunkie acts as a miniature version of the main house.—MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Additional Credits

Design team: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Shane Andrews, David Bourque, Duncan Patterson, Rimon Soliman, Pioter Kolodziej; general contractor: Scott Shearer; structural engineer: Campbell Comeau Engineering Limited; photographer: James Brittain Photography

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