Mirror Point

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.

Additional information

Design Team: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Shane Andrews, David Bourque, Duncan Patterson, Rimon Soliman, Pioter Kolodziej  

Engineer - Structural: Campbell Comeau Engineering Limited

General Contractor: Scott Shearer


Simon Ha, AIA (Jury Chair), Steinberg Hart, Los Angeles, California

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, FAIA, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), New York, New York

Hans Butzer, AIA, Butzer Architects and Urbanism, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mary Cerrone, AIA, Mary Cerrone Architects, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Image credits

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