A composition like no other follows, tailored with wood and weathering steel, with a spectacular width to height ratio nestled in the forests of a rugged landscape in Nova Scotia. It has been built for an arborist and his outdoor pursuits and it has been nestled in Rabbit Snare Gorge, area from which the establishment proudly takes its name.

The parcel on which is located measures 46 acres, 6.5 hectare in Canada`s Cape Breton, the designs has been envisioned by Omar Gandhi.
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Design Base 8 , an architecture practice based in New York surged inspiration from the existing building typologies in their research and along with Halifax-based architect Gandhi they`ve prepared a final design along with complete construction phases and detailing.

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“The structure is linked to the local vernacular by a number of formal elements,” the architects relate.

“The archetypal gable and shed forms of the cabin are combined to open views and follow the path of the sun, emphasise the major interior spaces, and accentuate the verticality of the tower.”

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Clad with local wood and featuring a gabled roof, the establishment is resilient to elements, being able to shed snow and rainwater.

Steel wearing a weathering rust-colored texture protects the doorway providing a two-storey sheltered entrance.

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“The cabin’s steel entry hoop takes its shape from the entry windbreaks unique to the Cape Breton and Newfoundland coastal communities,” the architects relate.

The ground floor shelters the home`s only bedroom, one bathroom and various auxiliary spaces dedicated to services.
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A straight line of stars leads the individual to an open plan living, a kitchen and a dinning area all of which enjoy expansive views through glazed walls.

A balcony with glass railings allows the inhabitant to enjoy the scenic view of the gorge and brook below as well as the golf of St Lawrence beyond.

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The whole interior is wrapped with wood paneling constructing a beautiful, natural shell.

A sunset room opens up at the third-level magazine to offer extraordinarily dramatic views thanks to large corner windows.

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The heart of the home can be warmed through a wood-burning stove, a feature to be enjoyed by cushioned window seats, a perfect space to enjoy cozy evenings with friends.

The elevated location ought to withstand winter storms and the corrosive salt-spray ambient all year round.

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“The strong, local suetes demand a robust structural system to withstand major lateral and uplift loads,” the architects further explain.

Every solid plane, partition wall included are composed of braced panels that do function as either a shear wall, a diaphragm or a stacked compression ring.

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In Nova Scotia weathering steel and timber are popular choices in terms of building materials. They`re materials that naturally respond to a rough, extraordinary environment.

Photography Courtesy to Doublespace.


Project credits:

Designer  Design Base 8
Architect  Omar Gandhi Architect
Engineer  Andrea Doncaster Engineering
Consultant Joseph ‘MacGee’ MacFarlane

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