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- Architects: Omar Gandhi Architect
- Location: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
- Design Team: Omar Gandhi, Peter Braithwaite, Elizabeth Powell, Devin Harper, Ozana Gherman
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Ema Peter
- Contractor: Wood Masters Construction Limited (Paul Stewart)
- Structural: Andrea Doncaster Engineering
- Landscape : Land Studio East
- Specifications And Envelope Consultant: Eric Stotts Architect
- Physical Model: Devin Harper
- Renderings: Norm Li AG+I
Text description provided by the architects. Syncline ˈ(\ˈsin-ˌklīn\): a fold in stratified rock with younger layers closer to the center of the structure. The home sits on the lone syncline that runs through peninsular Halifax.
Located in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Syncline was designed for California-based Geoff and his husband, Nova Scotia-based James – the quiet, masculine modern form sits adjacent to Point Pleasant Park and overlooks the North-West Arm.
Sitting atop a concrete base which seemingly extends
A central core between the two is fully glazed in black-framed windows and topped with a razor thin canopy, encasing a porous, wood-lined steel staircase which winds its way up through the home. Flanking the taller volume is a tall, wood-clad structure which includes a residential scale elevator and back-of-house spaces including a high-end audio control room. The wood cladding is scorched, locally-sourced clear spruce with a clear coat finish. Wood scorching introduces flame to surface, intentionally charring it before it is brushed to remove any loose carbon, providing both decay and flame resistance through the process.
The interior material palette is composed wide white oak flooring, an all-white wall treatment and header-less doors which span from floor to ceiling. Natural light is drawn into the primary social spaces through the double height atrium and great room spaces.
The home utilizes geothermal heat pumps as the primary source for heating and cooling. Energy requirements are supplemented by a rooftop field of photovoltaic panels. The entirety of the glazing utilized for the home is triple pane for both energy conservation and acoustic requirements. Automated blinds and recessed windows on the south west façade help to passively cool the house.
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