Canadian-based MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have added a spectacular timber-clad spa and gym to their House 22 residence, which they built in 1998. Clad in the same simple cedar, the new spa building is minimalist in form and designed to complement the existing house and guesthouse.
Located on the edge of a wooded forest, the spa looks out over the dense tree line to the Nova Scotia coastline. The cube-like building is connected to the main house and guest home by a wooden boardwalk that hovers over an uneven terrain of moss and boulders.
The wooden deck leads into the spa’s glazed porch, which, according to the architects, is a way of taking a “bite” out of the uniform facade. The result is a rustic, yet minimalist structure that emits a calm tranquility from the outside and throughout the interior.
Inside, sawn channel-joint shiplap cedar planks were used to cover the spa, sauna and wet room and were also used for all of the built-in furniture. Although the spa and gym area make up the main part of the building, a bathroom, compact kitchen, pullout daybed, and even a storage area are located at the other end. On this side, the building is capped with a south-facing terrace that provides incredible views of the expansive field leading to the coastline.
Founder Brian Mackay-Lyons was elected as the 2015 recipient of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for his “pure, dignified, poetic and beautiful” style and his newest project proves that the architect couldn’t be more deserving of the accolade.
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