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Holiday Home in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)

A German couple wanted to build a holiday home in Canada and commissioned Gaus & Knödler Architekten with the design. The construction was taken over by a Canadian workshop.

In case the planning architects cannot be present at projects abroad i.e. because of the costs, two things are important: The design has to take into account the local conditions. In addition to the construction site and the surrounding area, this especially includes the local craftsmen construction technologies and materials. Second, an optimal flow of information between architects and local construction management is indispensable.

As for the project: Halifax is the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, reachable from Germany in around seven flight hours. The building itself is at a 45 minute drive from Halifax, surrounded by huge forest area directly on Paces Lake – a scenic idyll, in which the building fits harmoniously.

Gaus & Knödler Architekten opted to completely build the holiday home on supports. This left the existing topography almost untouched, the surrounding nature literally flows under the building. It seems as if the house had been “placed” at this location for a limited time only and could be removed at any time.

Access is granted via a bridge. All of the rooms are on one level and are oriented towards the lake. The lake view thus becomes a permanent part of the home – a design idea, which is justified by site and its unique environment.

Project details

Title: Holiday Home in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Building owner: : Private individual

Task: New construction of a house in wood construction

Completion: 2000

Remarkable features: The exchanges with the exporting Canadian company took place entirely via email and the Internet. Plans, meetings and construction pictures were also exchanged on the Web.

Copyright: Gaus & Knödler Architekten (photography and building model)

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