Bold residence by award-winning architect
The Hawk House by Cannon Design’s design principal Andrew King is an arresting single family residence planned for Nova Scotia, Canada, whose architect has recently been granted two gongs at the 59th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards hosted by Architect Magazine.
Spread over a modest 1,200 sq ft, the bold form is located in a bird sanctuary at the end of Cape Sable Island, its plot defined by two distinct formal and spatial components. The natural elements of the sea, earth, sky and horizon have been focused upon by King, who uses a subtle architectural language to reference the scenic location.
A number of raised piers protect the delicate site as a 8ft by 70ft horizontal bar rests its immense weight on the posts rather than the ground, anchored at one end by a 24ft tall, 10ft wide tower which contains the main living volumes of the residence.
Externally, a swathe of aluminium decking provides a contemporary outside space from which the residents can enjoy their coastal surroundings, complimented by aluminium grating on the building’s façade. This metal plating is contrasted with large concrete panels on a timber frame, giving the property an industrial look and feel.
Bisecting the decking are a number of glass sheets which the architect explains ‘are aligned to create a slotted view to the beach and sea. The design fully embraces its industrial materiality and the radical pragmatism which accounts for its undefined, multipurpose interior spaces’.