Architect: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited
Location: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Category: One- and Two-Family Custom Residences (category one)
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. Mirror Point Cottage 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.