The beautiful Lockeport Beach House is unlike most beach homes we’ve featured on Inhabitat—despite proximity to the ocean, the modern home eschews enviable beach views. The clients asked Toronto-based firm Nova Tayona Architects to design a private contemporary home hidden from view but with close access to the beach. As a result, the Lockeport Beach House is tucked away within a protected cove, taking advantage of passive solar orientation to lower energy costs.
Clad in black-stained eastern white cedar, the single-story Lockeport Beach House blends in with the surrounding forest of tamarack and spruce that protect the sandbank from erosion. Although the house is hidden from view of the beach, the sounds of waves and shimmering light reflected off the water can be heard and seen through the treeline at the site’s southern border. A worn footpath weaves through the trees to connect the cozy and secluded sandbank to open views of the coast and ocean.
The beach house is carefully placed onsite to take advantage of passive solar orientation and is elevated on a grid to protect against storm surges. A10-foot-deep and 48-foot-wide cantilevered roof overhang shields the home from unwanted solar gain in the summer, while allowing low winter sun to heat the concrete floors in winter. Large windows admit natural light and views of the landscape. The asymmetrical gabled roof is also angled to facilitate rainwater harvesting. Three 1,750-gallon (6,600 liter) cisterns store rainwater and are the sole source of potable water for the home.
Images © Janet Kimber