Moore Studio by Omar Gandhi Architect
Indian-Canadian architect Omar Gandhi has designed the Moore Studio in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada. Built for a couple with passion for arts and their two dogs, the 1500 square feet house has a very simple design with extremely raw, open spaces and lots of natural daylight. According to the architect, “The project is based on the idea metamorphosis. The baseline form of the house began as a simple and elegant gable with a 12:12 roof pitch. The end form of the building was the sum of the original gable plus the space and lighting requirements of the clients. See the attached models for a better understanding. The product of this distortion is unique as a result of landscape, program, clients requirements and the simplicity of the gable – a vernacular form of Nova Scotia.
The palette of the designed house is exposed weather soft wood, aluminum roofing and concrete floors. The interior wall, floor and ceiling would be clad in plywood and OSB and a minimal amount of drywall. The ground floor includes a double height kitchen and dining space, a living room, 2 bedroom and bathrooms. The upper floor are separate studios for Peg and Garth which look down upon the upon the kitchen from above.
Materials such as caged industrial fixtures, salvaged steel grating (guard) and natural construction materials (plywood) flank the interior space. A continuous strip of windows stretch from the one end of the house to the other allowing for a long view of the property. The upper floor is lit by an end to end clerestory window. The upper floor also opens up to the rear bank as the house is built on the side of a natural hill. An adjacent steel shipping container will be used as a shed.”