Located within a coastal community in Nova Scotia, the Martin-Lancaster House captures the beauty of the Atlantic ocean in its modern design. Overlooking scenic oceanic waters, this 3000 square foot courtyard house was cleverly compartmentalized into four main elements: a social pavilion, a gabled volume – part guest house part garage, a service bar to the north and an arrival court in-between. Under the attentive supervision of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the Canadian town of Prospect in Nova Scotia has seen a drastic upgrade in look with the construction of this elegantly contemporary courtyard house.

Photographed by Greg Richardson, the home showcases a modern version of the local culture. This induces the feeling of a home breathing in its context, a dream home that can only be fit in this environment. Its beautiful skin of cedar shingles cascades from the roof down on the walls. Interrupted by large windows framing a soothing landscape, the geometric procession of shingles is highly responsive to the harsh unpredictable oceanic climate. Social and private spaces were designed to suit the needs of the occupants, while the exterior was perfectly blended into its landscape.

I for one prefer warmer interiors, but the exterior use of wood and glass on each volume is simply stunning! What do you think?