The Bowler House – A Rustic Beauty On Antigonish Harbour, Nova Scotia

Behold The Bowler House, designed by Mackay Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited  - a Halifax based architecture firm.

This beautiful rural retreat is nestled amidst the bucolic greenery overlooking Antigonish Harbour, a large saltwater inlet that flows into St. George’s Bay in Nova Scotia


Image courtesy Mackay Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited

The design find its inspiration in the barns surrounding community.

It has a simple exterior in the barn vernacular, consisting of rustic vertical boards on batten hemlock cladding.

Understated and modestly perched on a hilltop, it has sweeping vistas of the natural scenery.


Image courtesy of Mackay Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited


Without question, the site and its panoramic views are the focal point of the property.

In order to maximize these views, the architects flipped the interior ‘upside down’ so the sleeping quarters are located on ground level, with the communal spaces on the second floor.

Large horizontal bands of windows create full-sweeping sight lines, with a generous outdoor covered terrace carved in the corner.


Image courtesy of Mackay Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited


The Bowler House is striking example of  ‘contemporary rural’.

How amazing to see a design that seeks inspiration from its environment, fusing rustic materials with a modern touch.

You can see more of this firms work by clicking Mackay Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited


Researched and Written by Gorana Tolja, Graduate of the Ryerson School of Interior Design & a MA Student at OCAD University in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories program, focusing on contemporary design history.

Posted In: Nova Scotia

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