Howard House (1995) by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Photographed by James Steeves
Location: West Pennant, Nova Scotia, Canada
The Howard House was conceived as land art for an art historian and a family of four. It is a 12 ft by 110 ft wall which formalizes the line between the cultural landscape of the fishing cove to the east, from the natural landscape of the wild ocean to the west. An absolute, horizontal datum line at the top-of-concrete mirrors roof line and ground line in elevation. The east facade feels paper-thin and vulnerable, while the windward west facade puts its muscular shoulder to the wind with a concrete bump. The narrow prow-like south end of the house fronts on the bay.
Built for an extremely tight budget, the house was initially taxed as a boat shed.