The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Economy as Ethic


The first comprehensive monograph of this major North American practice – winners of more than 100 awards, including the 2015 Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

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Robert McCarter


MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have an international reputation. Producing a wide range of projects both in Canada and further afield, they work in a sophisticated modern vernacular idiom, drawing inspiration from a rich local heritage of building types and reinterpreting them according to the best practices of 21st-century architecture.

It is above all for their dignified and beautiful houses perched on the wild, rocky coasts of Nova Scotia that the firm is recognized. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this remarkable body of work is based around a number of plan types that answer to the particular local climate: open to the sun but sheltered from the winds, and built using traditional materials that are allowed to weather, these dwellings embody the architects’ engagement with their unique surroundings and material culture.

This monograph covers MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects’ complete work. Introductions by renowned architectural writers set the scene, while individual projects are illustrated through evocative photographs and detailed plans and drawings. What emerges is a celebration of an architecture that is both practical and deeply poetic.

Additional information

Weight 2675 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 April 2017
Number of pages 416
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.1 x 30.5 cm
Weight 2675 g


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Robert McCarter is the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University, St Louis, Missouri.