Ghost 12 (Boathouse)
Location: Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, CAN
Size: 800 sq.ft.
Completion: June 2010
The Ghost International Architectural Laboratory (simply known as “Ghost”) “is the research facility of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited. It is an education initiative designed to promote the transfer of architectural knowledge through direct experience – project-based learning taught in the master-builder tradition – with emphasis on issues of landscape, material culture and community.” (MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects website). The two-week design/build workshop brings together architects, engineers, builders, professors and students from across the globe. The first week is dedicated to collaborative design under the leadership of MacKay-Lyons, and the other is spent constructing the building.
Brandon Young was selected to participate in Ghost 12 during the summer of 2010. A total of 20 “ghosties” joined Brian MacKay Lyons, guest architect Peter Stutchbury, critic Ingerid Helsing Almaas (Arkitektur N, the Norwegian Review of Architecture), architect/builder Bob Benz and architect Rick Joy to design and build a small boathouse for a few sea kayaks on an inlet pond from the bay. Ultimately, the building is a reflection of the ideas of prospect and refuge in an environment that can be quite harsh. The expansive horizon of the Atlantic is framed by a large opening on the south side, while the north elevation, which is mostly solid, offers protection from cold winds coming down the valley. The images shown here represent the work completed during the two-week workshop.