Two Hulls House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
You can just hear the designers in the planning room thinking aloud, “Let us take a couple of boxes, throw them up on the shore, and see what happens.” Another designer mumbles, ‘That plan is going to be a shipwreck.” Suddenly a plan is born, an idea that goes from absurd to incredible, from boxy looking to fabulous.
When you first glance at the Two Hulls house you may get an impression you are seeing a couple of long boxes on the shore, but as you look closer it becomes obvious these are designed like ships hulls lifted onto their winter-time stands to protect them from the weather. The idea is ingenious. The raised ship hulls provide a natural overhang that gives you a place to escape the sun and rain. It protects the home from lapping waves that could potentially break over the retaining wall. It allows full use of the precious land to use for enjoyment instead of covering it with fill dirt to support the home.
When you get inside the home the design becomes even more incredible with spacious rooms, vast amounts of natural lighting, and magnificent views. The woodwork that starts on the exterior of the house flows through the interior making a beautiful natural appearance. Maybe they weren’t thinking about throwing boxes on the shore, maybe it was just genius running wild in the planning room.