Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Float by Omar Gandhi Architect. Set amidst the unique and dramatic landscape of Halifax’s Purcell’s Cove “backlands”, the residence is inspired by the strewn jagged bedrock field of outcrop, subcrop and bedrock float. The formal massing of the home is one which was derived to look as though it had been a larger bedrock volume (outcrop) but one which has become severed and has relocated slightly over time (subcrop or float). The exterior façade is clad is a grey washed wood cladding with slight variations in pattern, resembling bedrock strata which give further evidence of subcrop movement. The home is backed up by a several metre high large boulder which creates a private zone between the home and the rock. The home is composed of a central volume for daily living flanked by two sleeping zones, one of which can be shut off when unoccupied. From within the resident looks out at the massive view including several lakes and the ocean beyond.

  • Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Project Status: Completed Summer 2015
  • Clients: Undisclosed
  • Design: Omar Gandhi, Jeff Shaw, Devin Harper
  • Contractor: Tamlyn Construction
  • Structural: Andrea Doncaster Engineering
  • Physical Model: Devin Harper
  • Renderings: Jeff Shaw
  • All photos except aerial by Doublespace Photo.

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