When a pair of empty nesters looking to downsize approached Canadian architect Omar Gandhi, he responded with a beautiful wooden cabin and "vehicle for continuing youthful dreams." Located in a dense and secluded forest in Nova Scotia, the Moore Studio is a 1,500-square-foot home that exudes a raw and minimalist aesthetic. The house appears to climb up a small slope to maximize views and natural light to provide optimal conditions for the clients, formerly full-time artists, to pursue their artistic aspirations.
Clad in vertical timber, the Moore Studio is topped with an asymmetrical seamed aluminum roof. Although the gabled roof was initially designed in the simple vernacular form commonly found in Nova Scotia, that form shifts upwards on the eastern side to make room for a long clerestory window that floods the upper floor with natural daylight. That distortion in the roof shape is matched in the angled lines of the natural bank the house is built onto.
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Omar Gandhi primarily used soft, untreated plywood and OSB to line the interior of the house, thus keeping drywall to a minimum. Concrete flooring, industrial fixtures, and stainless steel splash backs further emphasize the rawness of the interior palette. The ground floor comprises the main living spaces and includes a double height kitchen and dining space, a living room, and two bedrooms with bathrooms. Two artist studios are located on the upper floor. Local contractors Mike Burns and Adam Smith at MRB Contracting built the house.
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